Joshua Black with Miss Louisiana 3rd runner-up Mallory Cox (Courtesy of CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier Facebook page)

A 14-year-old Captain Shreve High School freshman and his family will travel to Orlando, Florida, and Washington, D.C., today to illustrate the charitable need of children's hospitals and share their inspiring story with supporters and lawmakers.  They'll also be honored at a Medal Ceremony.

Joshua Black, a CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier patient, is the Louisiana representative and Champion Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.  He was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia when he was only two weeks old.  His hospitalizations started at two months old and since then, he's frequently been in and out of the hospital.  He's been hospitalized at least once every year of his life.  He faces many complications because of his diagnosis, but is a proud ambassador for the state of Louisiana.  He and his parents head out from Shreveport Regional Airport at 8:30 this morning.

The Champions program designates a Champion child from every state, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico who has bravely battled a serious injury or illness.  The Champions represent the one in 10 kids in North America treated by Children's Miracle Network Hospitals each year.