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Utah Girl Visits President Bush as a 'Special Champion

Utah Girl Visits President Bush as a 'Special Champion

By Ed Yeates | Posted - Mar. 23, 2004 at 8:40 p.m.



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Ed Yeates ReportingNearly every foreign country has an ambassador in Washington, D.C., but today the nation's capital played host to a most unusual and grateful corps of diplomats, including a little girl from Utah.

These special champions, as they're called, may be small in size, but "boy" are they large in stature. Each little ambassador was selected by the Children's Miracle Network of hospitals to represent some 17-million courageous kids treated at nonprofit children's medical centers around the country.

Nine-year-old Brooke Call from Kearns represents all the kids at Primary Children's Hospital. Anisa Call says her daughter symbolizes what many of these kids go through.

Anisa Call, Brooke's Mom: "I've watched her near death so many times, and to endure — she's going on her 13th surgery — and just how courageous she really is."

Though Brooke's mind and body were severely damaged from viral meningitis, she continues fighting, like the other kids, all the time loving and living life. There's a bond here. The families feel it too.

Anisa: "It's the most amazing experience I have been through in my life. There are wonderful families here, just an amazing experience for us."

The kids traveled with their host, Grammy winner LeAnn Rimes, visiting the nation's capitol, and then delivering a message to the White House — a special thanks to medical science and the doctors who saved their lives. And who came to meet them?

Brooke Call: "The president of the United States. We got to meet the President."

The little ambassadors are now heading to Disney World for a little fun.

Ed Yeates

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