Local children benefit from fundraising drive by Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores

LANSING, Mich. - Thirteen years ago, Brad Langschwager of Potterville received the news no parent ever wants to hear - his daughter, Kali, was diagnosed with cancer at just two years old. That diagnosis inspired Langschwager, the Membership Manager at Sam's Club in Eastwood Towne Center, and his co-workers to work even harder to raise money for Sparrow, a Children's Miracle Network Hospital.

This year, marking the 25th anniversary of the local Wal-Mart and Sam's Club fundraising drive, the stores raised more than $57,000 for Sparrow Children's Center in just six weeks. The total is $35,000 higher than last year - a 155 percent increase.

And thanks to her family's perseverance, a dedicated Sparrow medial team, and the Children's Miracle Network, Kali has been cancer-free for more than a decade and is about to start her sophomore year at Potterville High School.

"As a father of a child who directly benefitted from Children's Miracle Network and Sparrow, this cause is so important to my family and me," Langschwager said. "The associates and customers at Sam's have been so dedicated to donating. Having a hospital like Sparrow in our backyard should give every parent comfort no matter what challenges may lay ahead."

"We're so touched by the community's passion and commitment to Children's Miracle Network and to ensuring Sparrow Hospital provides quality, compassionate care to Michigan families," said Joy Wiseman, Director of Development for Sparrow Foundation. "All of the money raised stays local and can be used to help us take the lead in transforming care by hiring the best staff, exploring new treatments, and purchasing the latest equipment."

Nationwide, CMN hospitals raised a record-breaking $41 million this year - up from $28 million in 2011..