Northwest Arkansas Meets the Miracles

Walmart associates, customers and the media had an opportunity to “Meet the Miracles” at the Walmart Supercenter in Rogers, AR, this week.

Meet the Miracles is an augmented reality experience designed to help people have a unique experience with kids treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The store manager, the mayor of Springdale, AR, and a representative from Arkansas Children’s all spoke at a ribbon-cutting to open the experience. The highlight,  however, was the opportunity to hear from Miracle Kid, Evan, and his parents. Evan is a patient at Arkansas Children’s.

Following the formal event, Evan made the rounds handing out “$1 Billion” pins to the associate pins. The pins commemorate Walmart’s march to raising $1 billion for CMN Hospitals.

The “Meet the Miracles” augmented-reality experience is now open at Walmart 5260 in Rogers, AR. Shoppers can follow giant footsteps through the store to a life-size cut out of Evan as well as a cutout of other kids treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Through the virtual-reality app Zappar, customers can hear the stories of children like JaKiah, who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of four, but is now living cancer-free.

You can help kids live better by donating at your Walmart or Sam’s Club when the campaign resumes on Saturday, Sept. 22. Check out more pictures from the event below.

Walmart Radio DJ, Antonio, kicks things off at the Meet the Miracles event in Rogers, AR

Walmart 5260 store manager, Rissa Pittman, addresses associates and customers at the Meet the Miracles event in Rogers, AR.

Springdale Mayor, Doug Sprouse, shares his grandson’s Miracle Story at the Meet the Miracles event in Rogers, AR

Kait Ross, program director at Arkansas Children’s, Evan and his parents address the crowd at the Meet the Miracles event in Rogers, AR

Associates join Miracle Kid Evan and his family in cutting the ribbon at the Meet the Miracles event in Rogers, AR

Evan leads Walmart associates to the Meet the Miracles experience

Evan tries his hand at augmented reality at the Meet the Miracles event in Rogers, AR

Walmart associates and customers try out augmented reality at the Meet the Miracles event in Rogers, AR

Walmart associates and customers try out augmented reality at the Meet the Miracles event in Rogers, AR

Evan thanks a Walmart associate for helping raise money for his local CMN Hospital

Evan hands a “$1 billion” pin to an associate at Walmart 5260 in Rogers, AR

Evan interacts with a Walmart 5260 associate

Evan even gave out hugs

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