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Coffee, Hoagies, and Miracles!

Each spring, The Wawa Foundation helps local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia by participating in The Coin Canister/Round Up campaign to help create breakthroughs for children like Jesse and Jonah.  

Jesse and Jonah are brothers that were born three years apart and have shared the same medical journey. Jesse was born with a cleft lip and palate. He was diagnosed before he was born, so his parents met with specialists at the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to learn about his treatment plan. At 4 days old, Jesse had the first of several procedures to repair his cleft lip and palate. After the surgeries he was able to speak and eat more efficiently. When Jesse’s mom was 20 weeks pregnant with his little brother, she had an ultrasound. The ultrasound tech got quiet as he examined her baby’s face, so she asked if he had a cleft lip and palate like his brother. The doctor confirmed her suspicion and said the chance of both boys having this condition was less than 2%. Jonah was born in the Special Delivery Unit at CHOP and cared for by the same medical team that had treated his brother. After surgeries to repair his cleft lip and palate, 2-year-old Jonah is thriving. Today these two brothers are happy, healthy and the best of friends. 

Starting today, you can visit your Wawa and make a donation at the register to support CHOP’s breakthrough makers. This year’s annual campaign will take place April 24th – May 28th, 2023.

Wawa has been a proud partner of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for over 16 years and has raised more than $10 million. On behalf of Jesse and Jonah and all the kids treated at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, thanks in advance for your support for sick and injured children in our area. We are thrilled and thankful to continue partnering with The Wawa Foundation for the annual CMN Hospitals fundraising campaign. With over 700 locations that support CHOP, you can head to your local Wawa to participate too. 

When we change kids’ health, we change the future – for all of us.