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CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Health System Celebrates Panda Cares Day™ on August 8 Panda Express® locations support the holistic health care needs of pediatric patients in Central Louisiana communities August 7, 2020

Alexandria, Louisiana – CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Health System is recognizing the financial support of donations made by Panda Express® through its philanthropic arm, Panda Cares® to young patients in the Central Louisiana areas. The generosity of Panda guests and associates who foster the spirit of giving and inspire brighter futures are celebrated on Aug. 8, the anniversary of Panda Cares.

Donations collected year-round at local Panda Express locations have helped kids like 2020 Miracle Child, Julian Simmons, who was injured in an automobile accident when he was just 5 months old. Today he is training to walk outside of his customary wheelchair through the assistance of a CMN funded device called a Reciprocal Gait Orthotic. Much of the equipment and services he uses are supported by funds raised through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and partners like Panda Express.

On this year’s Panda Cares Day, Panda Express is hosting a one-day virtual fundraiser on August 8. When a guest places an order on the Panda Express mobile app or website using the promo code “PandaCaresDay,” Panda will donate 28-percent of online sales to CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Health System.

Additionally, CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Health System is excited to recognize Panda for the nearly $53,875 in donations made that will continue to help in our community and transform how we meet the most urgent needs, save more lives and protect our collective future.

“At CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Health System, and at all our CMN facilities in Louisiana, every member of our teams works diligently in their roles throughout or clinics, hospitals and other facilities. We face a wide variety of illness and injury every day, treating people who depend on us for their care while also preventing and preparing for the patients who will need us in the future. But when we are able to make a real, tangible change in children’s health, we are changing the future – for the child, for their family, for everyone here,” said Kellie Flynn Veillon, Program Director – Children’s Miracle Network, CHRISTUS Health Louisiana and CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Health System.