Miracle Moments Miracle Moments In Work Life

HAVE BEEN AN Associate of CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital for 12 years and have worked with the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) since I walked through the doors. I have found it to be one of my most rewarding experiences.

It seems like one of the main things our hospital and the community joins together for each year is the CMN broadcast. Every day, there is speculation that our goal will not be met, yet every year, we seem to surpass our goal. God has truly blessed our community by making people believe in such a wonderful mission and organization.

In the middle and forefront of this wonderful event each year is a woman named Poddy Champeaux, and she is the Southwest Louisiana region CMN director. What many people in our community and in other places do not know is that this past year, this wonderful angel has been undergoing a tremendous plight of her own—chemotherapy. You would never have known this, for it has never dampened Poddy’s spirits, nor the excitement or zest for what she is trying to achieve for the children of Southwest Louisiana.

Everyone thought our goal would not be met in 2001, but somehow it came together and happened…again. I think it is due in large part to Poddy and her undying dedication, commitment and enthusiasm. She never gives up, never gives in and she never says “never.” To our amazement, she successfully did it again this year, even through her own illness.

When the statement is made that “children are our future,” Poddy not only strives to make this happen on a day-to-day basis, she lives it each and every day of her life. Through thick and thin, in sickness and in health, she has continued to make “the children” her first goal. Even though she has not felt her best, no one would ever know it, because she continues on with a spirit that is totally and undeniably unbelievable.

I, as well as everyone in our organization, believe that “children are our future.” With someone like Poddy in their corner, their future will always be much brighter and happier. She is truly an inspiration to all and an angel in waiting for her wings.

I personally believe that God has had a hand in providing our region the benefit of the Children’s Miracle Network, but moreover, I believe He was looking out for our children by placing this wonderful lady where she is today in their lives. Children are our future, and Poddy Champeaux and the Children’s Miracle Network are our children’s future.

Loretta Findley
CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital
Lake Charles, Louisiana