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Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to honor Beaufort County native Josiah Corey at the 33rd annual Celebration Broadcast on June 1 and June 3

May 30, 2018 posted by Beth Anne Atkins

GREENVILLE, N.C. – Josiah Corey was diagnosed with b-cell lymphoblastic leukemia when he was 14-months old. He spent two years receiving chemotherapy in the pediatric day medical ambulatory unit and kids immuno­suppressed specialty unit at the James and Connie May­nard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center (VMC).

As of late 2017, Josiah is in remission. His family is forever grateful for the amazing care their “miracle baby” received.

Josiah’s mom Breanna says she is forever changed because of what Josiah went through as a baby. “This whole experience has changed my outlook on life. Don’t take life for granted,” said Breanna. “Life is too short. Let those in front of you know every day how much you love them.”

This year’s Celebration Broadcast will be held on June 1 and 3, and will recognize the brave children and families who endured serious illness with heart and courage. The broadcast is aired by longtime partner, WITN and will celebrate these courageous kids and the thousands of children in eastern North Carolina who’ve received treatment at Maynard Children’s Hospital.

“Caring individuals, community groups, businesses and others show how much they care about children by providing generous contributions to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In eastern North Carolina, this generosity enables the Maynard Children’s Hospital, located in Greenville and serving 29 counties, to see beyond obvious treatment and save more lives,” said Myra Bowen, chair, Vidant Health Foundation Board of Trustees. “The care and high-quality treatment received here will continue into the future through this year’s amazing donors.”

This year, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals are celebrating recoveries like Josiah’s made possible by the life-saving care generous donations help to provide. Thanks to the generosity of eastern North Carolina, thousands of children receive the specialized medical care they needed, bringing them, and their families, the gift of hope and healing. Because of this support, the team at VMC can ensure they have the best care possible.

The 2018 Miracle Children’s stories highlight just a few examples of the amazing care offered every day at Maynard Children’s Hospital. Joining Josiah as 2018 Miracle Children are: Way­lon Denny, 1, Edgecombe County; Camron Yopp, 15, Onslow County; and Amelia Evans, 4, and Caleb Woodley, 17, of Pitt County.

The local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising program is staffed and supported by the Vidant Health Foundation, the non-profit charitable corporation that serves as the custodian for all financial gifts and bequests to Vidant Health. The Vidant Health Foundation oversees allocation of all donated funds.

Media contact:  Beth Anne Atkins, Vidant Health Foundation, 252-847-7695 or




Televised on WITN

  • 8 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. – June 1
  • 7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. – June 3

Call 252-847-5437 or 1-800-673-5437 or visit to donate online.

About Vidant Health

Vidant Health is a mission-driven, 1,512-bed health system that annually serves more than 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. The not-for-profit system is made up of more than 12,500 employees, eight hospitals, home health, hospice, wellness centers, and Vidant Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician and provider group with more than 500 providers in more than 90 locations in eastern North Carolina. Vidant is affiliated with The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. As a major resource for health services and education, Vidant has a mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina. For more information, visit  

About Vidant Health Foundation

The Vidant Health Foundation is an independent, non-profit, tax-exempt, and charitable organization that serves as custodian for all financial gifts and bequests to Vidant Health. It is the mission of the foundation to support the Vidant Health mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Caroling through advocacy and securing philanthropic resources.
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