Credit Unions for Kids Story Told at GAC

A Global Credit Union marketer shared her first-hand experience at CUNA GAC as the parent of a child helped by Credit Unions for Kids.

When 5,000 credit union advocates gathered for the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C. earlier this month, they were prepared to talk with Congress about common sense regulation and other legislative priorities. Often a large part of their message also includes “real member” stories and examples of credit union philanthropic engagement or “the credit union difference.”

Abigail Franklin shares her family’s personal Credit Unions for Kids story at CUNA GAC

Abigail Franklin personally experienced how credit unions, through Credit Unions for Kids, make a difference for patients in children’s hospitals. She shared her experience from the main stage, with thousands watching.

Franklin, Vice President of Marketing & Strategy for Spokane-based Global Credit Union, is the mother of a little girl who became seriously ill two years ago. Her daughter Lauren was rushed to Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in a coma caused by Type 1 Diabetes. She was given 10 percent survival odds. It was touch-and-go for weeks.

“It’s hard to believe where we were this week, two years ago,” said Franklin. “And now I’m here, sharing Lauren’s miracle story with credit union leaders from all over the country who have gathered to share the Credit Union Difference. What better way to show what makes us different than through our work for Credit Unions for Kids.”

Pointing out that all funds raised by credit unions for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals stay in those communities, Franklin also told advocates that one of the medical machines used to save Lauren’s life, was purchased with Credit Unions for Kids contributions.

Lauren’s life was saved at a Children’s Miracle Network hospital funded by Credit Unions for Kids

Lauren today is a thriving young girl. She and her mother were the special ambassadors at the Northwest Credit Union Association’s Hollywood Glamour auction last fall, which raised over $300,000 for regional CMN hospitals.

“We don’t do it because we think we will ever be the ones in need, we do it for the families, the kids—our community,” Franklin said at GAC. “For the broken bones and the long-term treatments, we do it for the getting better and the getting back to being healthy and whole. We do it because we’re Credit Unions, people helping people.”