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Superheroes of and FOR Duke Children’s!

Last week, 75 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals corporate partners, patient family members, and members of the Duke Children’s team came together to cheer all things Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals while also celebrating the incredible children that we are fortunate to treat at Duke Children’s. Attendees gained inspiration and tools for their fundraising initiatives and heard remarks from Ann M. Reed, MD, physician-in-chief of Duke Children’s, Durham City Council member Charlie Reece, and Meaghan Duff, from the Dunkin’ Donuts Joy in Childhood Foundation.

The Joy in Childhood Foundation also presented a Superheroes Rule the Runway spectacle, an event that celebrated the power and heroic bravery of children who have battled or are battling an illness. The foundation donated Starlight gowns to Duke Children’s, and five patients got to create superhero personae, had their faces painted, and modeled their alter-egos on a red carpet runway. Duke Children’s friends from MIX 101.5 hosted this special extravaganza, and kids and attendees alike all had a wonderful time honoring the unique bravery of kids battling illnesses.

Thank you to all who attended our event, and to the Joy in Childhood Foundation for providing this special opportunity for our patients.

Duke Children’s superheroes pose with Sarah and Bryan from MIX 101.5.



Dr. Ann M. Reed speaks to the crowd, with Dunkin’ Donuts mascots in the background.
Durham City Council Member Charlie Reece poses with Dunkin’ Donuts mascots.
One of our Duke Children’s superheroes and her father pose with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals corporate partners and Dunkin’ Donuts mascots.
Members of Phi Mu, who raise money for Duke Children’s, pose with a Duke Children’s superhero.










Delicious donuts and bright brave gowns, courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts.


Duke Children’s Superheroes rule the runway!