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  • Writer's pictureRisha Gaines

Logging a Load for Kids

Missouri Lumberjacks Donate $50,000 to Children’s Miracle Network for MU Children’s Hospital

COLUMBIA, Mo. (March 13, 2017) ― Representatives from the Missouri Forest Products Association and the Missouri Logging Council will present Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) with a check for $50,000 at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 14, at University of Missouri Children’s Hospital, 404 N. Keene St.

The donation is the result of the “Log A Load for Kids®” fundraiser, a nationwide giving campaign in which loggers contribute to local CMN hospitals. The check presentation will be held outside the hospital in front of two fully loaded logging trucks.

“Many people don’t realize that children’s hospitals rely on community support to provide the specialized care they are known for,” said Brian Brookshire, president of the Missouri Forest Products Association. “We’re proud to be able to give to such a worthy cause.”

Chris Harbison, owner and operator of Harbison Saw Mill in Mineral Point, Missouri, is responsible for a portion of this year’s donation.

“As part of the loggers fundraising campaign, Chris won a raffle for $15,000,” said Kristen Fritschie, Children’s Miracle Network coordinator at MU Children’s Hospital. “Instead of keeping his prize, Chris donated the money back to CMN, which increased the donation we will receive to $50,000. I cannot put into words how appreciative we are of his extraordinary act of kindness.”

Children’s Miracle Network is a nonprofit organization that raises funds for children’s hospitals, medical research and community awareness of children’s health issues. Created by the Osmond Foundation in 1983, Children’s Miracle Network includes 170 hospitals nationwide, with five in Missouri.

A part of MU Health Care, Children’s Hospital is the largest and most comprehensive pediatric health care center in mid-Missouri. It is the only facility in the area offering comprehensive, specialized children’s services such as neonatal transport, child life and music therapy, a pediatric intensive care unit, and a pediatric hematology and oncology outpatient unit.

About University of Missouri Health Care

As part of the state’s premier academic medical center, University of Missouri Health Care offers a full spectrum of care, ranging from primary care to highly specialized, multidisciplinary treatment for patients with the most severe illnesses and injuries. Patients from each of Missouri’s 114 counties are served by approximately 6,000 physicians, nurses and health care professionals at MU Health Care. MU Health Care facilities include Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, the Missouri Orthopedic Institute, the Missouri Psychiatric Center, University Hospital, and Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Columbia. Affiliates include Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, Columbia Family Medical Group, Columbia Surgical Associates, Fulton Medical Center and Rusk Rehabilitation Center. MU Health Care is a founding member of the Health Network of Missouri and MPact Health. More than 50 MU Health Care outpatient clinics in central Missouri receive outpatient visits exceeding 500,000 annually. For more information, visit

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