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Published on April 27, 2012

MU Children's Hospital Patient Named Children's Miracle Network 'Champion'

COLUMBIA, Mo. ― A 6-year-old Fulton girl has been named the 2012 Children’s Miracle Network champion for Missouri.

The public is invited to meet Jayla Kemp as she begins her yearlong reign at a special celebration from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 30, at Columbia Regional Airport. The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champions program is presented by Delta Airlines. In keeping with the airline theme, the event will take place at the airport’s Building 100 hanger.

Jayla has cystic fibrosis and has been a patient at University of Missouri Children’s Hospital since she was diagnosed when she was 6 days old. She is a kindergarten student at Bush Elementary School in Fulton.

Each year the Children’s Miracle Network selects one child from each state to serve as a CMN Champion. These children are considered international ambassadors for the 17 million kids who are treated worldwide each year at Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Jayla is the first MU Children’s Hospital patient to be named a CMN Champion for Missouri.

“We are thrilled to have Jayla representing not only MU Children’s Hospital, but the entire state of Missouri, as our Children's Miracle Network Champion Child,” said Keri Simon, CPA, MHA, executive director of Children’s Hospital. “Jayla is an extraordinary little girl and a true example of courage, strength and hope for all children with chronic illnesses, as well as for the adults in their lives.”

In addition to making appearances around their states, the CMN Champions and their families will travel to Washington, D.C. in September to meet with elected officials to highlight the vital work of children’s hospitals.