Pediatric Surgeon to Be Honored at Children's Miracle Awards

Nationally Televised Awards Gala Will Recognize Dr. Milton Waner for

Groundbreaking Work to Help Children



25 Mar, 2004, 00:00 ET from Children's Miracle Network

    SALT LAKE CITY, March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- For parents of children with
 disfiguring facial hemangiomas and vascular malformations, Dr. Milton Waner
 offers the greatest miracle imaginable. This world-renowned surgeon believes
 every child has the right to look normal and has made it his life's work to
 give that gift to every child who crosses his path.  And for that, Children's
 Miracle Network announced today it will honor him with the Children's Miracle
 Achievement Award at its fourth annual event this month in Orlando.
     The Children's Miracle Awards presented by Delta Air Lines and The
 Coca-Cola Company, a televised gala hosted by Children's Miracle Network
 co-founders Marie Osmond and John Schneider, will take place Saturday, March
 27 at Walt Disney World.
     "Dr. Waner does so much more than simply perform surgery on behalf of
 children with malformations and hemangiomas," said Children's Miracle Network
 president and CEO, Mick Shannon.  "He offers them and their families the
 promise of hope."
     Vascular malformations and hemangiomas involve bulging tangles of blood
 vessels that can severely disfigure children's faces. Waner leads the Vascular
 Anomalies Program at Arkansas Children's Hospital, one of the only
 comprehensive, multi-disciplinary programs of its kind in the United States
 and one of the leading centers of its kind in the world.
     "Every time, I operate as if it were my child," Waner said, "and I have to
 do more than my best."
     For the children he treats from all over the world, Waner's best is
 phenomenal.  He takes on even the most challenging cases utilizing painstaking
 surgical techniques he pioneered.  He has developed and patented high-tech
 laser devices to treat even extreme cases with extraordinary results.  And he
 connects with his patients on a truly personal level -- freely giving out his
 home phone number, spending hours on the phone with worried parents, and
 displaying a depth of compassion that has no equal.
     Waner joined Arkansas Children's Hospital in 1994. He is a professor at
 the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and holds an Endowed Chair in
 Pediatric Facial Plastic Surgery at Arkansas Children's Hospital.
     Past Miracle Award recipients include actor/director Christopher Reeve,
 then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, children's rights activist Marian
 Wright Edelman, CNN's Larry King, Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart, actor
 Edward James Olmos, and sports figures Jackie Joyner Kersey and Sugar Ray
 Leonard.
 
     About Children's Miracle Network
     Children's Miracle Network -- the alliance of premier hospitals for
 children -- is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the
 lives of children by raising funds for children's hospitals across North
 America.  Each year the 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals provide the
 finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to help
 millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries of every kind.  To learn more
 go to www.cmn.org.
 
     About Delta Air Lines
     Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides air transportation for passengers and
 freight throughout the United States and around the world. As of February 1,
 2004, Delta (including its wholly owned subsidiaries, Atlantic Southeast
 Airlines, Inc. and Comair, Inc.) served 206 domestic cities in 46 states, the
 District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as
 48 international cities in 32 countries. Delta mainline, domestic and
 international service, Song(TM), Delta Shuttle(R), Delta Connection(R), Delta
 SkyTeam(R), and Worldwide Partners operate 7,664 flights each day to over
 497 cities in 84 countries.
 
     About The Coca-Cola Company
     The Coca-Cola Company exists to benefit and refresh everyone it touches.
 Founded in 1886, the Company is the world's leading manufacturer, marketer,
 and distributor of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups, used to
 produce more than 300 beverage brands. The Company markets four of the world's
 top five soft drink brands, including diet Coke, Fanta and Sprite.  The
 corporate headquarters are in Atlanta, with local operations in over
 200 countries around the world. The Company's beverages are consumed at a rate
 exceeding 1 billion servings each day.
 
     For more information, contact:
      Brooke Holt
      Director, Public Relations
      Children's Miracle Network
      801-278-8900
      bholt@cmn.org
 
 

SOURCE Children's Miracle Network
    SALT LAKE CITY, March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- For parents of children with
 disfiguring facial hemangiomas and vascular malformations, Dr. Milton Waner
 offers the greatest miracle imaginable. This world-renowned surgeon believes
 every child has the right to look normal and has made it his life's work to
 give that gift to every child who crosses his path.  And for that, Children's
 Miracle Network announced today it will honor him with the Children's Miracle
 Achievement Award at its fourth annual event this month in Orlando.
     The Children's Miracle Awards presented by Delta Air Lines and The
 Coca-Cola Company, a televised gala hosted by Children's Miracle Network
 co-founders Marie Osmond and John Schneider, will take place Saturday, March
 27 at Walt Disney World.
     "Dr. Waner does so much more than simply perform surgery on behalf of
 children with malformations and hemangiomas," said Children's Miracle Network
 president and CEO, Mick Shannon.  "He offers them and their families the
 promise of hope."
     Vascular malformations and hemangiomas involve bulging tangles of blood
 vessels that can severely disfigure children's faces. Waner leads the Vascular
 Anomalies Program at Arkansas Children's Hospital, one of the only
 comprehensive, multi-disciplinary programs of its kind in the United States
 and one of the leading centers of its kind in the world.
     "Every time, I operate as if it were my child," Waner said, "and I have to
 do more than my best."
     For the children he treats from all over the world, Waner's best is
 phenomenal.  He takes on even the most challenging cases utilizing painstaking
 surgical techniques he pioneered.  He has developed and patented high-tech
 laser devices to treat even extreme cases with extraordinary results.  And he
 connects with his patients on a truly personal level -- freely giving out his
 home phone number, spending hours on the phone with worried parents, and
 displaying a depth of compassion that has no equal.
     Waner joined Arkansas Children's Hospital in 1994. He is a professor at
 the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and holds an Endowed Chair in
 Pediatric Facial Plastic Surgery at Arkansas Children's Hospital.
     Past Miracle Award recipients include actor/director Christopher Reeve,
 then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, children's rights activist Marian
 Wright Edelman, CNN's Larry King, Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart, actor
 Edward James Olmos, and sports figures Jackie Joyner Kersey and Sugar Ray
 Leonard.
 
     About Children's Miracle Network
     Children's Miracle Network -- the alliance of premier hospitals for
 children -- is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the
 lives of children by raising funds for children's hospitals across North
 America.  Each year the 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals provide the
 finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to help
 millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries of every kind.  To learn more
 go to www.cmn.org.
 
     About Delta Air Lines
     Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides air transportation for passengers and
 freight throughout the United States and around the world. As of February 1,
 2004, Delta (including its wholly owned subsidiaries, Atlantic Southeast
 Airlines, Inc. and Comair, Inc.) served 206 domestic cities in 46 states, the
 District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as
 48 international cities in 32 countries. Delta mainline, domestic and
 international service, Song(TM), Delta Shuttle(R), Delta Connection(R), Delta
 SkyTeam(R), and Worldwide Partners operate 7,664 flights each day to over
 497 cities in 84 countries.
 
     About The Coca-Cola Company
     The Coca-Cola Company exists to benefit and refresh everyone it touches.
 Founded in 1886, the Company is the world's leading manufacturer, marketer,
 and distributor of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups, used to
 produce more than 300 beverage brands. The Company markets four of the world's
 top five soft drink brands, including diet Coke, Fanta and Sprite.  The
 corporate headquarters are in Atlanta, with local operations in over
 200 countries around the world. The Company's beverages are consumed at a rate
 exceeding 1 billion servings each day.
 
     For more information, contact:
      Brooke Holt
      Director, Public Relations
      Children's Miracle Network
      801-278-8900
      bholt@cmn.org
 
 SOURCE  Children's Miracle Network