Celebrate Lunar New Year And Take A Tour Of The New Panda Cares Center Of Hope At Renown Children's Hospital With Local Child And Children's Miracle Network Ambassador, Emmalee Sutton
Begin a new year on the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar and help support Panda Express® locations - including the new Panda Cares® Center of Hope that has opened to serve pediatric patients and families throughout northern Nevada. This Lunar New Year, you can join local child, Emmalee Sutton, the Renown Health Foundation and Panda Express® through its philanthropic arm, Panda Cares® , to help children and their families receiving care at Renown Children’s Hospital. On Saturday, Feb. 20, community members can support Renown’s youngest patients by ordering online at a nearby Panda Express® location using code 902354. Renown Children’s Hospital will receive 28% of the proceeds from online orders placed with the code. Supporters may also visit the Panda Express Plumb Lane location in Reno on the same day, where they will donate 20% of in-person proceeds to Renown Children’s Hospital. (Please present this flyer at checkout.) Panda Express® guests and their associates in northern Nevada and northeastern California have raised nearly $500,000 for Renown Children’s Hospital since 2007. In 2020, more than $138,000 was raised for the Panda Cares® Center of Hope at Renown Children’s Specialty Center, which has opened at Renown Children’s Hospital within Renown Regional Medical Center at 1155 Mill St. in Reno, Nev. The Panda Cares® Center of Hope provides care to not only children, but also comprehensive support to the entire family. Similarly, it creates an environment that reduces stress, promotes healing, and provides a superior patient and family experience. “The Panda Cares® Center of Hope at Renown Children’s Hospital is special because it upholds Panda Express® ’ mission and values of being proactive, having respect for each other, learning and growing, and giving time and resources back to the community. The Center also supports each child’s well-being, including their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs,” says Tony Slonim, MD, DrPH, Renown’s President and CEO. “We are grateful for our partnership with the team at Panda Express® , who are as passionate as we are about children’s health, and helping us provide exceptional care for children.” “The Panda Cares® Center of Hope at Renown is the first-ever in northern Nevada, and we are excited to be able to provide the highest level of care for children and teenagers in northern Nevada who have chronic health conditions. Specifically, we offer ongoing treatment, health management, and age-appropriate specialty medical services including; pediatric nephrology, pediatric endocrinology, pediatric neurology, pediatric pulmonary, pediatric infectious diseases, medical genetics and adolescent medicine- all in one beautiful, new, convenient, family-friendly facility,” says Max Coppes, M.D., Ph. D., MBA, Nell J. Redfield Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and pediatrician-in-chief at Renown Children's Hospital. A Partnership for Health & Education of Underserved Youth “This partnership allows Renown Children’s Hospital to continue to strengthen regional services and increase Panda’s visibility within our growing community,” says Lawrence Duncan - VP & Administrator for Renown Women & Children’s Hospital & Administrator the Institute for Cancer. “Last year, 21,930 sick children received care from Renown Children’s Hospital. To date, Panda Express® has provided us significant financial support to assist us as a charitable, non-profit organization in providing health and healthcare to every child, regardless of illness, injury, insurance, or ability to pay.” “Renown Health Foundation appreciates Panda Cares® ’ generosity year after year, and the unwavering support of our community to make the Panda Cares® Center of Hope and Saturday’s fundraiser a success,” said Kiemmy Thai, MBA, Foundation Manager of the Children's Hospital at Renown. “Our hope is that you and your family can enjoy a nice meal from Panda Express® together, knowing your contribution makes it possible for pediatric champions like Emmalee to continue receiving the best care close to home.” The Panda Cares® Center of Hope has already helped hundreds of local pediatric patients and their families feel more comfortable and relaxed while being cared for in the hospital. Watch Renown Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ newest Champion Child Ambassador, Emmalee Sutton, tour you through this new, fun and family-friendly health care environment. “We are very fortunate to have such generous partners like the people behind Panda Express® who want to help our patients and their families, as well as our pediatric care teams,” said Dr. Sonia Budhecha, pediatric pulmonologist at Renown Children’s Specialty Care Center. “This Center has helped many young patients, and their parents, feel more comfortable along their healing journey, contributing to an even more positive experience here at Renown Children’s Hospital.” For more opportunities to support pediatric patients in our area, please visit renown.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org/. About Renown Children’s Hospital Renown Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated children’s hospital in northern Nevada, and offers a variety of programs and services designed specifically to care for the community's families. It has the region’s only Children’s ER and Pediatric ICU. Renown Children’s Hospital is the only hospital affiliated with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) in the region and local CMN Hospitals' programs and events directly benefit children in the Truckee Meadows. It is also the only hospital in the region affiliated with CHA (Children’s Hospital Association). For more information, visit renown.org/children. About Panda Express® On a mission to inspire better lives, Panda Express, an American Chinese Trailblazer, is the largest Asian dining concept in the U.S. Family-owned and operated since 1983 by co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew and Peggy Cherng, Panda Express is best known for creating a wide variety of industry-first recipes, including its best seller the Original Orange Chicken® and award-winning Honey Walnut Shrimp, which have defined the category of authentic American Chinese cuisine. Each dish at Panda Express, including the Wok Smart® selections, is thoughtfully crafted with quality ingredients and inspired by bold Chinese flavors and culinary principles. The restaurant brand has more than 2,000 locations throughout the U.S. and has introduced American Chinese cuisine to more than ten international countries. Powered by this global family of associates, Panda Cares, the organization’s philanthropic arm, has raised more than $212 million and countless volunteer hours in bettering the health and education for over 12 million youths as well as supporting communities in need since 1999. For more information, visit pandaexpress.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $7 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, and learn about your member hospital, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.
Despite numerous medical challenges, Emmalee Sutton is a determined, bright and outgoing 14-year-old with a joy for life and passion for helping others. Renown Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) are excited to announce Emmalee Sutton as the 2021 Champion Child Ambassador. A fighter from a very young age, 14-year-old Emmalee has been a source of hope and inspiration to everyone she meets, never letting her medical challenges slow her down. A video introducing Emmalee and her journey can be found here. Emmalee was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis at age 2, and she has endured a long road of illnesses and hospitalizations since. She also has Addison’s disease, which means her body under-produces critical hormones. She had her gallbladder removed at age 8, port surgery at 13, and has received several liver biopsies over the years. Over time, heavy steroid use has stunted her growth — at 14 years old, she is 49 inches tall. It has also caused extreme weight gains and losses. She also faces daily issues with her calcium, potassium and sodium levels. Due to her lack of immunities, she is unable to attend school in-person but is on the home/hospital program through the Washoe County School District. Despite Emmalee’s medical challenges, her sheer joy and spark for life remains untouched. “I am so honored to be chosen as the 2021 Champion Child Ambassador and represent all the kids at Renown Children’s Hospital. I hope my story can inspire other young patients to believe in themselves,” said Emmalee. “It can be hard dealing with health challenges, but I always think about those who have it worse than me. Instead of complaining about the things I can’t do, I celebrate all the things I can do.” “We can all learn from Emmalee’s enthusiasm, determination and positive outlook,” said Tony Slonim, MD, DrPH, President & CEO of Renown. “She has never met an obstacle too great or faced a challenge too difficult, and she effortlessly inspires others to view life through that same lens. Emmalee has already touched so many hearts here at Renown, and as our 2021 Champion Child Ambassador, her impact is sure to be incredible.” Emmalee loves to talk to and help other children, especially when she visits Renown Children’s Hospital for treatments. One of her favorite things to do in the hospital is visit with other patients and try to make them feel better. “Emmalee is very patient with all the doctors she sees, the medications she takes and the frequent lab testing and blood draws she receives,” said her mom, Ann Sutton. “She always remains positive and comforts those who think they are hurting her. This makes her quite the beloved patient at Renown Children’s Hospital!” Emmalee enjoys spending time with her four dogs and rabbit, and she also has an affinity for frogs, lizards and fish. She loves to sew and crochet, and for the past six years, she has held the title of top cookie-seller in her Girl Scout troop. When Emmalee grows up, she wants to be a pediatric nurse so she can help other kids who are going through what she has experienced. Her ultimate goal in life is to make the world a better place in many ways. “From the moment I met Emmalee, I knew she was a champion,” said Kiemmy Thai, MBA, Foundation Manager of Children's Hospital at Renown. “Her courage and perseverance inspire so many pediatric patients with hope when they need it most. Her smile is contagious, and her words of wisdom at such a young age will have a great impact on our community. We are excited to work with Emmalee and help bring out the champion in others.” Emmalee will serve as Renown Children’s Hospital’s CMNH Champion Child for the next two years, acting as the face of the hospital in the community and sharing her heartwarming and inspiring story. Supporting Champions Like Emmalee Funds from the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals’ have helped purchase equipment for several of the subspecialists Emmalee needs to see. Additionally, Emmalee has benefited from equipment that CMNH has funded during her in-patient stays, such as distraction machines, iPads and CinemaVision goggles. You can support local champion children like Emmalee by visiting renown.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org. About Renown Children’s Hospital Renown Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated children’s hospital in northern Nevada, and offers a variety of programs and services designed specifically to care for the community's families. It has the region’s only Children’s ER and Pediatric ICU. Renown Children’s Hospital is the only hospital affiliated with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) in the region and local CMN Hospitals' programs and events directly benefit children in the Truckee Meadows. It is also the only hospital in the region affiliated with CHA (Children’s Hospital Association). For more information, visit here. About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $7 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, and learn about your member hospital, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospital.