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Children's Miracle Network Hospitals at Freeman Health System


Making Miracles Happen for Local Kids

Our Children’s Miracle Network Hospital at Freeman Health System raises funds for local children and families. They receive assistance for those with medical needs, such as prescriptions, medical equipment and specialty care. Funds are also raised to support Freeman pediatricians and maternal/child departments, including Freeman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Freeman Maternity Center and pediatric departments, for pediatric equipment, medical supplies, educational programs and more. One hundred percent of every dollar raised locally stays local – donations help children and their families in 14 counties in Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas.

Assistance Programs

    Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Direct Family Assistance Program is designed to aid CMN qualified patients, from birth to 21 years of age.

    What do we assist with?

    • Travel assistance to specialists outside of the Joplin area
    • Travel assistance for families of Freeman NICU patients residing outside of a 40-mile radius of Freeman Health System
    • Medically necessary equipment
    • Medically necessary prescription medication


    Are you eligible?

    • Any Freeman Health System referred patient ages birth to 21 years of age
    • Reside in the following counties: 

    Missouri – Barton, Jasper, Newton, McDonald, Vernon
    Kansas – Allen, Bourbon, Cherokee, Crawford, Labette, Neosho, Wilson, Woodson
    Oklahoma – Ottawa

    Apply for assistance

    For more information, please call our office at 417.347.6639

    What is the Miracle Service Dog Program?

    The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Miracle Service Dog Program ensures the placement of service dogs to children with special medical needs. Service dogs are individually trained to meet specific needs of the child and their condition. Service dogs can be trained to respond and alert to seizures, redirect repetitive behaviors, tether and locate a wandering child, interrupt self-harm and perform countless other tasks. The CMN team at Freeman is awarding up to two service dogs per year to qualifying children and their families to help meet the overwhelming need in the community.

    Apply for a Service Dog

    Service Dog FAQs

    For more information, please call our office at 417.347.6639

    Higgins Heroes is the local Children’s Miracle Network group devoted to bringing comfort to hospitalized children and their families and enhancing services and resources to support sick and injured children.

    What does Higgins Heroes provide?

    • Hero packs for pediatric in-patients and NICU families
    • Sensory hero packs for children with sensory issues seeking treatment in the Freeman Emergency Department
    • Toy inventory, entertainment, hospitality items, technology
    • Community-focused education


    How do I become a hero?

    Become a hero today by donating now. Call 417.347.6639 for more information.

    Donate Now

    Get Involved

    Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has countless ways for you and your family to help make miracles happen for local kids:

    Our National Partners

    At Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, we partner with some of the most generous companies in North America. The employees and customers of our partners have created countless miracles at your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, $1 at a time. From selling our iconic Miracle Balloons and round-up campaigns to selling ice cream, all partners support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in their own unique way. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of more kids and their families.

    Walmart & Sam’s Club

    Since 1987, Walmart and Sam’s Club have been a proud partner of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and their mission to change kids health and change the future. Through the efforts of their awesome associates and generous customers over $3.7 million has been raised for Freeman Health System. Support fundraising efforts in store June 28 – July 25, 2021.

    Love’s Travel Stops

    Love’s Travel Stops has been a dedicated Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals partner since 1999 and has cumulatively raised nearly $300,000 for Freeman Health System. Their partnership is hallmarked by their 5-week icon campaign. Support fundraising efforts in store at the end of August 2021 through the end of September 2021.

    Panda Restaurant Group

    As the fastest growing Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals national partner, Panda Restaurant Group has been a network partner since 2007 and a local partner since 2015. Through a year-round register ask Panda Express employees and their passionate customers have raised over $50,000 in monetary donations and nearly $17,000 in in-kind donations. Support fundraising efforts by donating at the register year-round.

    Ace Hardware

    Ace Hardware and their 5,000+ co-operative stores have been raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 1991 and local Ace Hardware locations have generously donated over $100,000. Support fundraising efforts by donating at the register throughout the year.

    Dairy Queen

    Since 1984 Dairy Queen has been a dedicated partner to bettering the health of local children. Local owners, crew members, and committed fans have raised over $135,000 through round-up campaigns, Miracle Icon campaigns, Miracle Treat Day, Free Cone Day, and so much more! Support fundraising efforts throughout the summer months by purchasing a balloon through the Miracle Icon campaign or buying a Blizzard treat on Miracle Treat Day.

    Credit Unions for Kids

    Through various fundraising activities such as, Icon Campaigns, Skip-A-Payment programs, and Miracle Jeans Days local Credit Unions have been raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 1996. Cumulatively, Joplin Metro Credit Union, Legacy Credit Union, and Great Plains Federal Credit Union have raised over $185,000 for local children and their families.


    Since 2006, IHOP has been raising funds to benefit local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through a Miracle Balloon Icon Campaign and a fan favorite, National Pancake Day. Through these fundraising efforts our local IHOP store has raised over $40,000! Support fundraising efforts throughout the months of January and February by purchasing a Miracle Balloon Icon or by making a donation at National Pancake Day.

    Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

    Office address:
    921 E. 34th St., Suite A
    Joplin, MO

    Direct Family Assistance:
    Kallie Anderson, Family Relations Coordinator
    Phone: 417.347.3793 | Fax: 417.347.0558

    Mailing address:
    1102 W. 32nd St.
    Joplin, MO 64804