During May, you can buy paper balloons at
your local Costco to donate to CMN
Hospitals. Every dollar counts.
By Steve Fisher
IF YOU’RE A parent, the world grows darker
when your child is ill. That’s where the
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals comes
in, to bring light in many ways.
When Taylor Tagatac, the daughter of
Costco members Jamy and Frank Tagatac of
Honolulu, was 5, she was diagnosed with acute
myeloid leukemia and admitted to Kapi’olani
Medical Center for Women and Children.
“The monies that were donated by CMN
Hospitals helped to pay for the oncology
department, which led to being able to do the
treatments there,” explains Jamy. “It’s expen-
sive to bring treatments to Hawaii. The money
that is from CMN Hospitals goes to pay for
equipment that our hospital wouldn’t other-
wise be able to afford, and [also covers] bring-
ing children from other islands.”
Noah Cohen of St. George, Vermont, was
born with a condition called VACTERL asso-
ciation, a rare condition involving multiple
“He had the first surgery to repair the connection between his trachea and his esophagus on the day he was born,” says Noah’s mom,
Amy, a Costco member. “Since then he has
had 26 total surgeries. … He was hospitalized
for five and a half months before he came
home for the first time. ... it’s likely that he continues to need more intensive care over the
course of his life.” Noah is now 9.
Paul DiCola works in Costco’s Photo
Department; his wife, Jamie, is a former
Costco employee. In 2010, their then-2-year-
old daughter, Brianna, came down with what
they thought was a cold. During the night, she
had trouble breathing and they were advised
by a nurse hotline to bring her in to urgent
care. Once there, she was transported by
ambulance to Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Brianna had a collapsed lung and was taken
“She wasn’t a textbook case at all,” says
Jamie. “Our last chance to save Brianna’s life
was to have her placed on an artificial heart-
lung machine known as ECMO [extracorpo-
real membrane oxygenation]. If we had been
anywhere else, any other hospital in the state,
Brianna would not be with us today.”
These three families, like many others,
have reason to celebrate CMN Hospitals and
all the programs the organization offers.
“There’s nothing more important than
your children,” observes Paul.
According to John Lauck, CEO for CMN
Hospitals, “We’ve been partners with Costco
since 1988. The monthlong campaign every
May has, to date, raised more than $240 mil-
lion for us. That goes an awful long way
toward helping and treating a lot of kids. The
work we do helps support 11 million children
who are being treated across 170 hospitals in
the U.S. and Canada. Without these funds, the
hospitals would have insufficient resources.
Insurance, government and Medicaid cover a
portion, but certainly not all, of the funds to
treat these kids. Without these funds every
year, there are children who would not live.”
As Jamie DiCola tells The Connection,
“Every single dollar counts.” C
AMERIPRISE AUTO & Home Insurance
offers insurance services to Costco members, and this month just getting a quote
means making a donation to Children’s
Miracle Network Hospitals.* Since 2008, for
every Costco member who completes a no-obligation auto insurance quote during the
month of May, Ameriprise will donate $5 to
CMN Hospitals. Over the course of the last
eight years, Ameriprise has donated more
than $730,000 to the campaign.
“We’ve been proud to partner with Costco
for over 15 years to provide Costco members
and their families with high-quality auto and
home insurance protection,” says Ameriprise
Auto & Home Insurance president Ken Ciak.
“As part of our long-standing relationship, we
are thrilled to be able to continue to work with
Costco on the CMN Hospitals campaign, and
have been honored to provide meaningful
donations over the last eight years which
impact the lives of families in communities
where we all live and work.”
More than a half-million Costco mem-
ber policies are currently insured with
Ameriprise. Costco members who pur-
chased auto insurance with Ameriprise
report an average first-year savings of
$540.20 per year when switching from their
previous insurance provider.**
In addition to its 24/7 customer-care
representatives, Ameriprise offers policyholders online resources through its
Learning Center, which features information to help remedy or prevent specific auto
and home issues.
Executive members may also receive
additional benefits, including lifetime
renewability and roadside assistance on auto
policies. Home glass-repair reimbursement and home lockout assistance are available through home insurance policies.
Getting a quote is easy. Call 1-866-370-
7998, or visit Ameriprise.com/Costcocmnquote.
*A donation will be made for each qualified auto
insurance quote from Ameriprise Auto & Home
Insurance for Costco members during May 2016.
Excludes incomplete quotes, quotes from existing
Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance auto policyholders, persons or entities who are declined
quotes and customers seeking excess/surplus
lines of coverage. Donations may be increased,
limited or restricted in certain states.
**For information go to; Ameriprise.com/
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Paul and Jamie DiCola
with daughter, Brianna
(foreground), son Thomas,
and daughter Audrey.