COLUMBUS — The winter sniffles have many reaching for a box of tissues.
That next box you grab just might have been decorated with the artwork of a local girl.
White Cloud, a paper products company, named Kaleb Buck, 13, of Columbus, a semifinalist for its national tissue box design contest with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Buck is one of 14 semifinalists out of more than 250 submissions from each of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ seven regions. It is up to the public to decide the winner.
The designs can be seen and voted on by going to the White Cloud’s Facebook page, http://bit.ly/1drd3y5. The top three vote-getters will be announced in June and each will receive $15,000 for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
The winning design will be printed on special edition boxes of White Cloud facial tissues sold at select Walmart stores. Voting closes Jan. 31.
Buck is nearing the end of her treatment for lymphoma at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha. She created her design last year. The design features bold, primary colors and depicts elements representing school.
“We are inspired by Kaleb’s courage and perseverance. We couldn’t be happier that this national recognition for her artistic talent coincides with the completion of her treatment. We encourage all community members to share the family’s moment and vote for her design,” said Jane Phillips, director of development for the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center Foundation.
Community members can also show their support by purchasing the special edition White Cloud facial tissue boxes at select Walmart stores in June. The top three highest-selling Walmart store regions will earn a $15,000 donation for the nearest Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals location. White Cloud is also granting a one-year supply of White Cloud products, including bath tissue, paper towels and facial tissue for the top three design winners and their immediate family.
Children’s Miracle Hospitals raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada. Since 1983, it has raised more than $4.7 billion. That money has gone to support research and training, purchase equipment and pay for uncompensated care.
Children’s Hospital and Medical Center has been operating since 1948 and is recognized as a 2013-2014 Best Children’s Hospital by "U.S. News & World Report" in cardiology and heart surgery, and gastroenterology and GI surgery.