Vacherie native Madisyn Duet chosen as local champion

Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital kicks off its participation in the third annual Children’s Hospitals Week sponsored by Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals March 18 by announcing that 11-year old Madisyn Duet of Vacherie, La., will serve as the 2019 Champion representing the hospital. Diagnosed with flu B, pneumonia, and MRSA staph infection on her lungs, Madisyn was brought to Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital and proved she was a fighter. At only 8, she underwent seven surgeries and was placed in a medically-induced coma for 27 days. Today, she is thriving and hopes to one day become an architect. 

This week-long campaign shines a light on the importance of children’s hospitals and the role they play in providing kids with the right care at the right time. Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is one of 170 member CMN Hospitals across North America participating in the week-long initiative. 

As the local champion, Madisyn will be recognized during CMN events across the Baton Rouge region in 2019. She will also have a chance to be selected as one of 10 champions that represent CMN nationally during Children’s Hospital Week in 2020.

“Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is proud to celebrate our 30th year as a partner hospital of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” said Danny Fields, Senior Director of Our Lady of the Lake Foundation. “Through this partnership since 1989, we have been able to collaborate with a national network of corporate fundraising partners and implement best-in-class fundraising programs locally to generate vital funds and awareness to support our local healthcare initiatives for children across the state of Louisiana so that kids can receive the best healthcare close to home.”

Since its founding in 1983, Children’s Miracle Network has raised more than $5 billion, most of this $1 at a time through its Miracle Balloon icon.

“With the third annual Children’s Hospitals Week in 2019, we’re taking the opportunity to honor not only our Champions and partners, but also the hundreds of children’s hospitals across the U.S. and Canada who impact the lives of millions of children annually,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. “We’re reminded daily of the fact that contributions of all sizes add up to provide critical funding for pediatric medical equipment, services, research and charitable care, and that community donations are vital for local kids in need.” 

Supporters of Children’s Hospitals Week are encouraged to participate by writing the name of a child they know who has benefited from care at a children’s hospital on a Band-Aid/bandage, take a photo wearing the bandage, and share it on social media with the following hashtag: #ChildrensHospitalsWeek. 

For more information on how to participate in Children’s Hospitals Week, visit To make a donation to Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital during Children’s Hospitals Week, visit

Contributed by Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital