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Costco Knows that Kids Can’t Wait this Year

As you’re stocking up for Labor Day and back-to-school this September at Costco, make a donation to your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital at the register, at self-checkout, online at or via Instacart and know that your donation will go to help children and their families get the urgent care they need in your community.

Costco knows that we can address the most challenging health issues of today while preventing and preparing for those to come. But they can’t do it alone.

During the month of September, donations will help kids like Noah. Six-year-old Noah was playing soccer outside with his friends when he reached inside a bush to retrieve the soccer ball and touched a live electrical wire. One second. One touch. Lives forever changed.

Noah received life-threatening electrical burns over much of his body. Noah’s mom began CPR, during which she pulled melted wire out of his mouth.

The paramedics arrived quickly and tried to stabilize Noah before transporting him to his local children’s hospital. The Pediatric Emergency Department team quickly determined that Noah was burned over 40% of his body, particularly his right arm and hand, the back of his head and the entire back of his body.

It was the worst electrical burn they had seen. Noah’s burns were severe enough to require amputation of his right arm while he was in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). The burns to his head required the removal of dead tissue including his scalp and skull bone. It was about a week before Noah was stabilized in the PICU. After one month in the PICU, he was transferred to the Burn stepdown unit where he stayed for more than three months.

Noah’s total hospital stay was 145 days—just shy of five months. Noah required about 15 skin grafts.

Today, Noah has a prosthetic arm, loves his dogs, music, superheroes and playing games.

Kids like Noah can’t wait. For treatment. For a vaccine. Or to transform how we meet the most urgent needs and save more lives.

The Costco balloon campaign runs through September 30 where funds stay local to directly help kids in our community. Since 1988, Costco employees and members have donated more than $437 million for kids treated at CMN Hospitals across North America.

Thank you for donating today. When we change kids’ health, we change the future – for all of us.