This year marks the 30th anniversary of Walmart and Sam’s Club supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. That is 30 years of their customers, members, and associates putting their hearts and souls into supporting local children’s hospitals, including Connecticut Children’s. To commemorate this amazing milestone, this year the funds they raise for Connecticut Children’s will go towards helping us build a brand new Infusion & Dialysis Center! Ashlyn’s mother Dorothy shares her daughter’s inspiring journey and how donations at these retail locations help make a difference in the lives of children just like Ashlyn.

If you’ve visited Walmart you’ve probably been asked to donate to your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital (at least I hope so or I’m going to have to speak with the cashiers at my store). Throughout Connecticut Walmart locations you’ll hear a very important question being repeated all day, every day, “Would you like to make a donation in support of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center?” Some employees ask because Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is Walmart’s charity partner, I ask because I have a story to go with those words and it began 18 years ago.