SALT LAKE CITY — John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, died Feb. 7 due to complications from a bicycle crash.
The announcement by Nana Mensah, chairman of the board of trustees for the Salt Lake City-based organization, said Lauck had a remarkable passion for children’s hospitals.
Lauck and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals have been longtime partners of the convenience-store industry, including with retailers such as Speedway, Stripes, Circle K and Love's, and suppliers such as Convenience Valet, among others, in raising funds and awareness of the hospital network’s mission to provide the best care for children. He also represented the organization at many of CSP's events, such as its Outlook Leadership conference and Convenience Retailing University.
“John’s passing is a tremendous loss for our organization,” Mensah said. “John will be missed by so many. We will be supporting his family and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals community during this heartbreaking time.”
A statement from Lauck’s family read, “As John's family—his wife Alison, his sons Ryan (Leia), Alan (Jhoi), Eric (Kate) and Ethan, along with John's parents, John and Evelyn Lauck, siblings, and other family members—we would like to express our sincere appreciation for the outpouring of love and support our family has received since John's tragic accident. John's life impacted so many of us in remarkable ways, and we are grateful for the expressions of kindness and concern as we have navigated this unspeakably difficult journey.”
The organization is discussing interim leadership.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a nonprofit that helps fill funding gaps for children's hospitals caused by Medicaid and insurance programs. The organization has raised more than $7 billion since 1983, primarily through its Miracle Balloon icon campaigns, according to its website.
CSP sends condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.