McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation Crowns a New Champion

Hamilton, ON: On January 18, associates from Walmart stores across the region celebrated the launch of the 2018 Children’s Miracle Network Champions presented by Walmart Canada program. As part of the celebration, 13-year-old Ethan Zahn from Niagara Falls was announced as McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Patient Ambassador for the 2018 Champions program.

MacKid Ethan

Ethan Zahn, the Patient Ambassador for the 2018 Champions program

When he was seven years old, Ethan was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, which is a chronic inflammatory condition of the intestinal tract. He visits McMaster Children’s Hospital every eight weeks for IV infusions and consults with his specialist every four months to manage the disease. Without treatment, Ethan would be in danger of suffering from malnutrition, unhealthy weight loss and severe abdominal pain. Ethan continues to flourish and enjoy life thanks to the team at McMaster Children’s Hospital.

Champions presented by Walmart is an awareness program designed to educate communities about Children’s Miracle Network, the important work of its member hospital foundations including McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation, and the financial needs of children’s hospitals. Children’s hospitals tackle the greatest challenges and see the most critical cases, and this program shines the light on this important work to facilitate the generation of financial support. The program honours remarkable children who have triumphed despite severe medical challenges, and offers them an opportunity to represent the millions of children treated annually at children’s hospitals across North America. The Canadian portion of the program will see 13 children from across the country travelling to Ottawa for a once-in-a-lifetime experience before traveling to Orlando for the #ChildrensHospitalsWeek conference in March 2018.


About McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation:

McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation, as part of Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, is focused on raising funds in support of McMaster Children’s Hospital, including Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre, McMaster University Medical Centre and their programs. The Foundation provides funding for leading-edge equipment and patient amenities, innovative research initiatives, redevelopment of patient care spaces, and the education and training of health care providers.

McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation supports specialized pediatric and women’s reproductive health programs. The second largest provider of inpatient pediatric services in Ontario, the site is also home to a dedicated pediatric emergency department, more than 40 outpatient clinics, the province’s largest neonatal intensive care unit including supportive maternal care, the largest single-site inpatient pediatric mental health program in Canada, and the only pediatric trauma centre in the region. Specialized outpatient services are provided at Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre, as part of McMaster Children’s Hospital. At its shared home with the Hospital, McMaster University Medical Centre delivers a wide range of women’s reproductive health services, including high-risk obstetrics and pre-natal screening, as well as a number of adult outpatient and day surgery clinics. The Foundation is focused on enabling outstanding patient care through its goal of Health Care, Transformed.

About Children’s Miracle Network:

Children’s Miracle Network® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals, 14 of which are in Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and research. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at and

About Walmart Canada:

Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 410 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store,, is visited by 600,000 customers daily. With more than 85,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands. Walmart Canada’s extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated more than $300 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at, and at

Media Contact:
Michael Cordeiro
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation
905-521-2100 ext. 73374