Credit Unions Raise $180K for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Credit Union Miracle Day presented a $180,000 donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN) at Sunday's Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run.

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While the iconic race was missing the cherry blossoms that are typically in bloom along the course in April, there was an abundance of support from the runners, their families and their friends who contributed over $25,400 of the total donated to CMN Hospitals. 

Since becoming the title sponsor of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in 2002, credit unions have raised over $10 million for CMNHs nationwide.

“While it’s been a challenging year, credit unions joined together to make a significant impact in our communities and in the lives of children treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” said John Bratsakis, chair of Credit Union Miracle Day. “The funds raised directly benefit CMN Hospitals in local communities, helping to fund research, treatment, medical equipment and the challenges brought on by COVID-19. The unique, collaborative spirit of the credit union movement makes a real difference in communities, particularly during this time of uncertainty and disruption.”

Runners enjoyed sunny skies and warm temperatures for the 48th edition of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. Kenyan Edwin Kimutai was the first-place men’s finisher with a time of 45:45. Nell Rojas, of Boulder, Colo., was the first-place women’s finisher, with a time of 52:13.

Capitol Hill Competition

Congressional FCU and United States Senate FCU sponsor the annual Cherry Blossom Capitol Hill Competition, the race within the larger Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. More than 600 Congressional staffers formed teams to compete for the Capitol Hill Cup. The team with the best race time wins the cup to display in its office. 

“A big shout out to our co-lead partners, CUNA Mutual Group, CO-OP Financial Services, PSCU, and the hundreds of credit union volunteers who enjoy helping on race weekend,” said Sean Zimmermann, chair of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Race Committee and president and CEO of Congressional FCU. “We are very pleased to have over 145 Members of Congress from 45 states, and the District of Columbia serving as Honorary Race Co-Chairs supporting the race benefitting our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.”

Credit Union Miracle Day

Since becoming the title sponsors of races in 2002, Credit Union Miracle Day, a collaboration of over 100 credit unions and business partners and CUSOs, has donated over $10 million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is an alliance of premier children’s hospitals which treat 10-million critically ill children annually, regardless of their ability to pay.

Credit Union Miracle Day is the 2013 proud recipient of the National Credit Union Foundation’s Outstanding Program Award.