Each year, the Children's Miracle Network selects one child from each state to participate in their Champions Across America Tour. This year, for the first time, a miracle child from right here on the South Plains was selected to represent Texas.
On July 4, 2004, a roman candle sent Colton Schoonover to the emergency room. The blast severely burned Colton's eye and eyelids, and since that time, he's gone through several surgeries.
Colton has shared his miracle story with the South Plains for the past two years during the Children's Miracle Network Telethon, but this year his story reached all the way to the White House.
"Meeting the President, actually getting to talk with him and being in the White House," Colton said. He joined other miracle children, representing each state, during the Champions Across America Tour.
"It's a very amazing opportunity," Colton's mother, Shanna Schoonover said.
Colton even met with President Bush.
"The first thing he asked when he started talking with the kids, so who here's from Texas?," Shanna said.
Colton also sat down with Congressman Randy Neugebauer for lunch. From there, the families flew to the happiest place on earth, Disney World in Orlando, FL.
"We thought it's about time because we've had so many great, great stories, and then we thought there were many, many that should be recognized nationally, but Colton, he's deserved it 100%, and it was exciting to see him go off and be a star from a national stand point," Karin McCay said.
NewsChannel 11's Karin McCay and Abner Euresti have made the trip to Florida for years, but this would be the first time they saw someone from the South Plains representing Texas.
"Every CMN market in Texas submits a nominee, and to think that Colton's story won over those from all the big cities. We think it is a great story, we know that like Karin said, but for that to happen and for the Texas representative to be from Lubbock is a big deal," Abner Euresti said.
"No family could have appreciated it more than Colton and his family," McCay said.
"It's amazing to see all the kids that it helps; that's what it's about, the kids," Shanna said.
For Colton, the Champions Across America Tour, gave him memories he'll never forget.
"For people who know Colton, he's shy, but I think this brought him out because he kind of became a star," Euresti said.
It also gave him an even greater appreciation for the Children's Miracle Network.
"CMN is a lot different, it helps a lot more kids," Colton said.
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