Miracle Families

There is power in having patient families of Nicklaus Children's join our cause to raise awareness and funds through CMN!

Nicklaus Children's Hospital, together with the families and friends who have gone on a journey with the hospital, have created the local champion program. Every miracle family inspires our community by sharing their journey and commitment to a healthy future for every child.

If you decide to become a miracle family, you can choose your commitment level. Our families have the opportunity to help in many ways, from attending local events and speaking at fundraisers, to sharing their story through video and photos, and creating artwork. Nothing is too small or too large. You all are the backbone of our organization, and we could not do our work without you!


  • Partner Campaigns: Your child's photos and medical story may be featured on partner marketing materials to be displayed in stores.
  • give.nicklauschildrens.org: Your child's photo and medical story may be featured on each hospital/foundation website.
  • Suggested Yearly Activations: We would love for your family to support key fundraising activities throughout the year such as store visits, kick-off events, social posts, fundraising events, virtual events, etc.

Meet our Miracle Families

Jaxon and Budnick Family

The Budnick FamilyJaxon Budnick was born in 2016 at just seven months old, underwent a cranial surgery at Nicklaus Children's Hospital. His family felt genuine care and support from the staff and community during the annual Spread Joy toy drive. After Jaxon's physician, Dr. Sanjiv Bhatia, unexpectedly passed away in 2018, the Budnick family raised over $35,000 in toys, gift cards, and monetary contributions to support the Neurosurgical Department. The family is asking for tax-deductible contributions to support patient care and scientific breakthroughs. Watch Jaxon's story and meet our 2023 Champion Family for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

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Leo and Vera Family

The Budnick FamilyShortly after his third birthday, Flavia and Stalin began to notice significant bruising below the knees on their son, Leo. After presenting signs of breathing difficulty, and struggling to complete everyday activities, blood tests confirmed any parent's worst fear, Leo had leukemia. Now more than three years since his diagnosis and start of treatment, he rang the golden bell -- symbolizing the end of cancer treatment and a very joyous occasion. Watch Leo's story and meet our 2023 Champion Family for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

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Bradley and Migenis Family

After being transferred via LifeFlight ambulance to Nicklaus Children's Hospital shortly after birth, Bradley was placed on medication to help control his overproduction of insulin. After tests showed he suffered from diffused white matter damage, aggressive intervention was required. Overcoming countless challenges, 54 days later Bradley graduated out of the NICU and was able to continue healing at home. Watch Bradley's story and meet our 2021 Miracle Family.

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Michael and Cramer Family

Michael is a very active athlete who enjoys competitive windsurfing, surfing, basketball, working out, yoga and meditation. Last year, he began feeling lethargic and tired, so his mother took him to the doctor's office for testing. She thought it might have been COVID-19. Michael C. was referred to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive form of leukemia that affects his liver and spleen. He says it was the support of his family and friends that got him through the physical and mental health fight of his life. 

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Become or Nominate a Miracle Family

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