Every year Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals identify a child with a remarkable medical story from each state and name them a “Champion.”
The Florida CMNH Champion for 2011 is 10-year-old Haley Richardson, a native of Jacksonville whose grandparents Vernon and Janie Richardson, as well as other close relatives, are from Baker County.
In 2009, Haley was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer that tends to strike children just entering adolescence.
Formerly an active gymnast, Haley since then has undergone surgery, extended chemotherapy and was fitted with a newly developed prosthetic knee replacement which can be adjusted without surgery as she grows.
CMNH partners with various companies like Proctor & Gamble to raise funds for treatment of children with life threatening diseases.