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Huffy Corporation Partners With CMN Hospitals

                                                     #LiveTheRide (Photo by Chris Cone/Invision for Huffy Corporation/AP Images)

Having surgery or another medical procedure can be overwhelming for a child. Huffy hopes to help reduce stress, relieve anxiety, and instill positive feelings for children receiving care at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® across the country. That’s why today, Huffy is at Dayton Children’s Hospital in Dayton Ohio, with actress, singer and song-writer Meg Donnelly, to announce a year-long partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, to bring some smiles to patients and families, on wheels.

Meg Donnelly, singer, songwriter and actress, shares a moment with Saretta, a patient at Dayton Children’s Hospital in Dayton Ohio on Jan. 30. Donnelly was at the hospital to help announce a new partnership between Huffy and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals that includes financial and product contributions to help bring smiles to patients across the country. #LiveTheRide (Photo by Chris Cone/Invision for Huffy Corporation/AP Images)

“For more than 125 years, we’ve known the physical and mental benefits that riding a bike, scooter or battery powered ride-on can bring to kids of all ages,” said Claude Jordan, Huffy CEO. “We’re excited to partner with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to support their mission to improve the lives of children and do our part to help kids be kids, even under the toughest of circumstances.”

To kick off the partnership, Huffy has added CMN Hospital’s easy-to-use ecommerce giving plugin, powered by GiveWorx, to its website. This leading ecommerce nonprofit fundraising tool will prompt shoppers at Huffy.com to donate to their local (or nearest) children’s hospital after purchase. The company has committed to match donations up to $50,000. The partnership will also include Huffy’s donation of battery powered ride-ons, for kids to use on their way in to surgery, to all 170 member hospitals, as well as bicycles for use in assorted healthy activities, to select CMN Hospitals.

“Huffy’s commitment to children and families makes them a great partner for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and we’re excited to kick off our partnership,” said Cheryl Herbert, Managing Director, New Partnership Strategy at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “Bikes and battery ride-ons are an organic part of childhood fun and adventure. We’re excited to bring this into children’s hospitals, where fun and adventure are important for healing. For a child to be transported to a medical procedure on a themed battery ride-on is a pleasurable experience that can help alleviate patient anxiety during a stressful event.”

“This is a perfect partnership,” said Jena Pado, Executive Director of Dayton Children’s Hospital Foundation. “We saw first-hand the effectiveness of these battery powered ride-ons when we opened our south campus surgery center – with a near total reduction in the need for anti-anxiety medications before surgery. Children grin and giggle as they ride all the way back. It’s even more meaningful that Huffy, a home-grown Dayton company and neighbor in our community, is our partner in this endeavor, as we share the same passion for children and commitment to active family lifestyles.”