Detroit Riverfront hosts Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Torch Relay

Metro Detroit residents will join more than 4,000 participants in more than 40 cities as part of the annual Torch Relay event to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. The international nonprofit organization raises funds for children's hospitals like Beaumont Children's Hospital. Detroit's three-mile walk takes place at the Rivard Plaza along the Detroit Riverfront on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 9 a.m.

Michigan's CMN Champion Child and this
year's Torch Relay Ambassador Kayla

"This year's participants will have an opportunity to walk alongside 10-year-old 2012 Torch Ambassador Kayla of Clarkston," explains Tom McGannon, senior vice president Children's Miracle Network at Beaumont Children's Hospital. "Kayla is a courageous girl with remarkable strength and a great sense of humor. She spent six months as a patient at Beaumont Children's Hospital for bone cancer treatment and was named this year's Children's Miracle Network Champion Child for the state of Michigan."

This year's walk will benefit Beaumont Children's Hospital.

"The Torch Relay for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals grows each year and the event creates a fun, family outing on the riverfront that benefits children treated each year by Children's Miracle Network Hospitals," adds McGannon.

Last year's event in Detroit raised more than $19,500 helping to bring the national Torch Relay total to more than $1 million. Information about registration for the Oct. 13 event is available at

About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

The Children's Miracle Network Hospitals organization is a national alliance of premier hospitals for children. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to improving the lives of children by raising funds for children's hospitals across North America. Each year, the 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals help to provide medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries. Beaumont has been the only Children's Miracle Network Hospitals affiliated hospital in Southeast Michigan since 1988.

About the Beaumont Children's Hospital

The Beaumont Children's Hospital provides comprehensive services for children from specialized care for premature babies through an entire range of pediatric subspecialty services. Pediatric care can include immunizations and well child care, allergy testing, surgery, treatment for children with learning disabilities, heart disease, blood disorders, cancer, gastrointestinal disorders, asthma, diabetes, genetic disorders, infections and emergency care. Beaumont is an associate member of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions and the only Children's Miracle Network Hospitals-affiliated hospital in Southeast Michigan. Find out more about services of the Beaumont Children's Hospital on the web at