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The CMN Celebration in Orlando was an extravaganza. Jason, Leigh
Ann and Jason's mom Darlene met with many celebrities during the
course of the event including Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Tracy Byrd
who are country music stars. Merlin Olson, a former professional
football with the Ram and a TV actor, Marie Osmond, who is a singer
and TV actress and John Schneider who is a singer, and played one
of the Duke Brothers on the Dukes of Hazard TV show. Marie Osmond
and John Schneider were two of the four founding members of the
Children's Miracle Network.
The Children's Miracle Network Achievement Award was based on the
work of Jason and his team evacuating neonatal infants out of Oschner
Hospital just shortly after New Orleans was devastated by Hurricane
Katrina. The CCT team flew into New Orleans with jet and helicopter.
They were forced to land the helicopter on the parking deck because
the helipad was under water and then they transported the infants
back to the jet several miles away. "All of the staff in the
unit were overjoyed to see that someone had come to help. They had
requested help from all over but they told us we were the only ones
to show up today. They thought we were coming for only one patient
and when we told them we had the resources to transport 4, they
were shocked to say the least," Jason remembers.
The media department at Children's had footage of Jason and the
team upon return from New Orleans and some of this footage was shown
during the awards ceremony.
Jason's mom Darlene said "we all choked up when they showed
the footage it was touching."
While the award was given to Jason, he was quick to point out that
the Katrina work was a team effort. "The biggest thing I'd
like to say is that this was a team effort." He was flattered
and honored to win the award, but he says "this is our job....this
is what we do every day."
here to see photos of the event.