Hurley Children's Hospital vying for 3rd straight Vote for Miracles contest win

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FLINT (WJRT) (11/27/2018) - This holiday season, a simple click of the mouse could mean big bucks for Hurley Children's Hospital in Flint.

The Children's Miracle Network has officially kicked off it's Vote for Miracles contest. Hurley is hoping to take home the top prize for the third straight year.

Last year, Hurley Children's Hospital took home $50,000, which was spent on creating a special space for staff to treat and talk with children involved in suspected sexual abuse cases.

Now, the hospital is back to make it a third year, but need help in the form of votes.

"The only thing we're asking anyone to do is to vote online," said Laura Parcells, the director of child life services.

It's as simple as the click of a button. On Tuesday afternoon, Hurley Children's Hospital was in third place behind Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids and Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's Medical Center in Texas.

Voting ends on Dec. 18.

"This year, we have decided to put the money -- because we know we're going to win -- we have put the money toward the pediatric programming, including child life," Parcells said.

That also includes the pediatric intensive care unit, pediatric oncology unit and the use of private rooms for patients. Something that's all to familiar for Chambria Mack, the mother of this year's Miracle Child, who is rightfully named Miracle.

"Miracle was born at 22 weeks gestation and I was only a little over five months pregnant," Mack said. "When she was born, she weighed only 14 ounces."

She said the care she and Miracle received at Hurley Children's was a godsend.

"She stayed at the NICU here at Hurley for almost five months, four and a half months, and anything you can possibly think of went wrong, did," Mack said. "But today she's a healthy little girl and it's because of the organization Children's Miracle Network and children's hospital here at Hurley."

Parcells is hoping a third straight $50,000 prize can help create more positive outcomes like Mack's.

"These kids are my world, they are absolutely my world," Parcells said. "Our kids deserve the absolute best and that's what we're trying to do here at Hurley is provide them with the best services."

See "Related Links" on the right side of this story for the Vote for Miracles website where you can cast a vote.

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