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Columbia's Club Car Wash Partners with Missouri Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

Dr. Jeff Livingston

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Columbia's Club Car Wash is serious about improving children's lives. The Missouri company announced a regional partnership with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals to help raise money and save lives.

Club Car Wash is a family-owned and operated company based out of Columbia, Missouri. Originally named Tiger Express Car Wash, the company rebranded in 2019 as it expanded to thirty-eight locations throughout the Midwest. Club Car Wash is known for its unlimited car wash memberships.

The company will donate $1 to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals for every car wash or membership purchase on its new year-long campaign called Ten Dollar Tuesdays.

This corporate partnership is not only strategic for Club Car Wash but also personal. The company has close ties to Children's Miracle Network. In 1992 Chief Operating Officer Collin Bartels was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic anemia (ALL).

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is the most common childhood cancer. This cancer affects the white blood cells in the blood and bone marrow. Without functional white blood cells, acute lymphoblastic leukemia patients' immunity stems can not fight off infection. Fortunately, ALL can be successfully cured if children have access to the right treatments.

The three-year-old child underwent 2.5 years of treatment and chemotherapy at the University of Missouri Children's Hospital. Bartels was diagnosed again with a leukemia recurrence after years of remission during his sophomore year in high school.

Bartels credits Children's Miracle Network with life-saving treatments. He is passionate that the 150,000 Club Car Wash members can considerably impact children's lives through the Ten Dollar Tuesdays program.

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Every Tuesday, Club Car Wash will discount their $25 MVP Wash to $10 and donate $1 to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Current Club Car Wash MVP members can also bring their car in on Tuesday to generate another $1 donation.

Bartels believes Club Car Wash and its members can generate $500,000 in donations to Children's Miracle Network and dramatically impact children in the community.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals raises money for 170 children's hospitals across the United States and Canada. Local fundraising stays local. Their website explains that every dollar raised goes to community hospitals. Funds help children without insurance. The network invests in medical research to find life-saving treatments and cures. Hospitals help train the next generation of doctors and nurses. Children's Miracle Network also offers "families comfort and peace of mind during the most trying moments of their lives."

Sixty-two children enter a Children's Miracle Network Hospital for treatment every minute. Children's Miracle Network Hospitals treat one in 10 children in North America each year. Children are treated for common childhood conditions like asthma and broken bones. They also provide top-notch care for children born with congenital disabilities and genetic disorders, which require long-term care and a multidisciplinary medical team. The organization is known for its pediatric oncology program to help children fight childhood cancer.

Many of these patients would not be able to afford this cutting-edge care without financial support. The network helps children regardless of their ability to pay. Private funding provides financial support to those with and without health insurance to ensure no child leaves without the treatment they need.

Children's Miracle Network believes "changing the health of even one child or family creates a ripple effect felt by communities for years to come." The Club Car Wash partnership is a perfect example of corporate stewardship. Companies have a unique opportunity to leverage their businesses in ways to give back to the surrounding community.

Everyone needs to get their car cleaned. Now, Missourians can help save a child through Club Car Wash's Ten dollar Tuesdays program.

Check out chief operating officer Collin Bartels's journey here.

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Dr. Jeff Livingston is nationally recognized thought leader, speaker, writer, blogger and practicing physician who is considered an expert in the use of social media to educate patients, using new and innovative technology to improve care outcomes and the patient experience. He is a prating Obgyn and serves as the CEO of MacArthur Medical Center. Dr. Jeff is the co-founder of the health website Medika.life and an active blogger on Medium.

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