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Direct Energy Employees raise money for local hospitals and get fit!

Direct Energy employees spent the month of October bettering their own health and supporting their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals! Through their employee wellness program, seven Direct Energy offices created teams and walked their way to generate donations for their local hospital. The 30 days of activity has helped hospitals across the country position themselves to make more miracles happen for children across North America. Several hundred Direct Energy employees participated in the challenge to help Direct Energy donate money to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in their local area.

The seven teams were:

Temple Trotters fundraising for Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Little Steps of Hope fundraising for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospitals of Chicago

Metropark Miles for Miracles fundraising for Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Jersey

Tulsa Hurricanes supporting Children’s Hospital of Saint Francis

da Burgh fundraising for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Columbus Chargers supporting Nationwide Children’s Hospital

 Fit Happens fundraised for Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston


The da Burgh team worked hard to send funds to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, to help kids like Lance.



When Lance was 4 years old, he was diagnosed with an inoperable high-grade cancerous tumor in his brain stem that was compressing his spine. His treatment included chemotherapy, radiation, two surgeries, and peptide vaccine injections as part of an institutional vaccine study at his hospital.

Doctor’s deemed Lance’s reaction to the vaccine injection miraculous; and he is doing better each day, with no growth of his tumor.

Described as a very approachable child, Lance’s robust laugh and steadfast determination readily attracts people to him. However, Lance credits his full head of crazy curls — which he describes as “brown cotton candy” — for his personality.

Lance loves to play video games and enjoys playing Miracle League baseball, where he’s earned himself the nickname of “Lightning Lance.” He is also a proud new puppy owner and looks forward to spending time with his new furry friend.


CMN Hospitals’ donations have vastly enhanced the countless hours Lance and his family have spent at the hospital, helping to provide pet therapy and child life programs — services that help heal not just the child, but the entire family.

Thank you to Direct Energy employees for making miracles happen to children just like Lance!