WVU Children’s Hospital Announces New Partnership

Champion Child to Cut Ribbon at Old Navy

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Five-year-old Mackenzie Griffith of Clarksburg loves to shop. On Saturday, she will be one of the first people to shop till she drops at the new Old Navy store at University Town Center. Mackenzie will be on hand to cut the ribbon and welcome fellow shoppers when the store hosts its grand opening. But less than two years ago, Mackenzie was very sick.

When she was 3 years old, Mackenzie was diagnosed with cancer and underwent aggressive treatment at WVU Children’s Hospital. Because of the courage she demonstrated throughout the ordeal, she has been named the 2006 West Virginia Champion Child.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mackenzie signifies not only the opening of a new store, but the beginning of a new partnership between Old Navy and West Virginia University Children’s Hospital. “We are excited to have Old Navy on board to help patients just like Mackenzie get well,” said Peggy Myers-Smith, the manager of development programs at WVU Children’s Hospital. “We have some great fundraisers planned and every penny raised will go directly to WVU Children’s Hospital.”

WVU Children’s Hospital is a hospital within a hospital with its own doctors, nurses and staff specially trained in the care of infants and children. Each year, more than 7,500 patients are admitted to WVU Children’s Hospital for the treatment of every imaginable injury and illness from cuts and broken bones to cancer and cardiac disorders. These patients come from every county in West Virginia as well as the surrounding states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. 

Saturday’s ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.

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For more information:
Sarah Opel (304) 598-4346 ext. 3

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