Skip to main content
Get Care MyChart Find a Provider Find a Location

Adults often strive to set a good example for children. But sometimes, it's the kids who set the example. Emmalee Mann is just such a person.

Recently, Emmalee decided to forego the usual gifts of a 12-year-old's birthday and, instead, asked her family and friends to donate the money they would have spent on presents to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® at Gundersen Health System.

"CMN Hospitals helped out my family when I was born and I wanted to donate back to them," says Emmalee, whose birthday is Sept. 11.

When Emmalee was born, she spent time in Gundersen's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. So, Emmalee and her family can appreciate the way CMN Hospitals help families in similar circumstances. Each year CMN Hospitals assist families in our area with transportation, lodging and meal costs; respite care; medical equipment such as ventilators, warmers and isolettes; and so much more.

Emmalee's goal was to raise $100, but what she got was a wonderful surprise and an amazing $1,290 in donations for CMN Hospitals. Emmalee used, an online tool that helps donors donate their birthdays to CMN Hospitals.

"When I heard I could donate my birthday, I decided I really wanted to do it this year," says Emmalee. "I just told everyone ‘no presents.'"

Emmalee's mother, Laura adds, "I also shared her My Miracle Birthday page on social media. Several donations came online from friends who were moved by her generosity. We also invited family and her school basketball team to a picnic and bean bag tournament at the local park. We had our CMN Hospitals/ACE Hardware bucket on the table for people to drop in their cards and donations. It was a lot of fun!"

"We're very proud of her and she's received a lot of praise for doing this," says Laura. "We hope that she's inspired others to do the same."



Knutson joins Gundersen Boscobel’s growing Behavioral Health Team

July 16, 2024

Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics is excited to welcome Melissa Knutson, MSN, APNP, PMHNP-BC, to its growing behavioral health team.
Grateful patient

Gundersen staff brings anniversary dinner to couple after car crash

July 16, 2024

Fred and Patti Lezpona have long celebrated their wedding anniversary at Ishnala Supper Club near Wisconsin Dells, but a car accident changed that this year. So, Gundersen staff jumped into

Gundersen Palmer Lutheran receives certificate of achievement for post-acute care for stroke patients

July 11, 2024

Gundersen Palmer Lutheran has received certificate of achievement for its participation in the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Stroke post-acute care initiative.
Grateful patient

Graduation ceremony brought to Gundersen for high school senior

July 11, 2024

Maddie Breza was gearing up for her final semester of high school, but a medical diagnosis required her to spend most of her days over the next five months in

1900 South Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 782-7300

Language Support:
Jump back to top