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What: Tune in to Alice 105.9 Cares for Kids radiothon for stories of hope and courage fromChildren’s Hospital Colorado. Because of you kids are living healthier lives. Alice Cares for Kids radiothon supports children and their families who depend on the world-class care Children's Colorado provides. For two days, Alice will break from its normal format to broadcast stories of hope and courage live from the atrium of Children's Colorado.
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We are glad to bring you the stories of ten Children's Hospital Colorado patients whose experiences represent hope and inspiration..
First-time parents Ricci and Tyler were thrilled to welcome their healthy baby boy, Declan, into their lives. But after just a few weeks, Ricci sought out help from Children’s Hospital Colorado, where she was an employee and knew first-hand the quality of care her son would receive. Ricci’s motherly intuition was right - Declan was diagnosed with a cranial abnormality that was causing his skull to grow in an elongated way.
Within 48 hours of her birth, Emily suffered a series of seizures and fell into a coma. She was sent to Children’s Hospital Colorado where a team of doctors awaited her arrival. Doctors found that Emily was born with a blood clot on her brain and a metabolic disorder. Emily was quickly started on dialysis, the first baby to receive this life-saving treatment at the newly opened Children’s Hospital Colorado at the Anchutz Medical Campus.
When Heather was born, it was apparent that something was wrong – she was not breathing well. She was immediately placed on a ventilator and prepared for transport to Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) by Flight for Life. At the hospital, doctors diagnosed Emily with complete trisomy 22, a genetic disorder that causes most fetuses to be lost during gestation. Her parents were determined to do everything they could to give her the best life, no matter how short it might be.
Jessa holds an unusual stat for a 14-year-old, she’s battled cancer – twice. Jessa has spent more than 40 percent of her life fighting leukemia, but her positive attitude has never wavered. After missing two years of middle school, Jessa chose to join her classmates in eighth grade while enduring low-dose chemotherapy. Even when she was too sick to attend school, Jessa was home schooled and earned A grades. Jessa’s battle with cancer has included more than 25 hospitalizations, over 100 outpatient chemotherapy treatments and many difficult side effects.
Julia, a competitive dancer, was living a normal life until a tingling in her feet progressed to full paralysis, up to her forehead. Within hours of arriving at Children’s Hospital Colorado, she was placed on a ventilator to keep her breathing and diagnosed with severe Guillan-Barre syndrome. Doctors were hopeful that with intense rehabilitation Julia would make a full recovery within six months. For the first 24 days, Julia lay in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit unable to communicate. Once she underwent surgery for a tracheotomy, Julia regained the ability to breathe on her own and started her challenging road to recovery.
At 2 weeks old, Juniper was diagnosed with a heart condition that weakens and enlarges the two lower chambers of the heart, lessening the amount of blood that is pumped to the rest of her body. A team of doctors from Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Heart Institute operated on Juniper to implant a Berlin Heart, making her one of Children’s Colorado’s youngest and smallest patients to receive this assistive device that does the work for her sick heart. She lived at the hospital for six months, five of those months with the Berlin Heart, before undergoing a heart transplant.
When Keegan was born, he had what doctors thought was a common case of jaundice. After 7 weeks of managing the fitful infant, Keegan’s bilirubin scores were found to be severely elevated, a sign that the liver may not be functioning properly. The family was referred to Children’s Hospital Colorado’s liver clinic for further testing. Following a liver biopsy, Keegan was diagnosed with biliary atresia, a disease of the bile ducts that causes inflammation and blockage of the normal waste pathway to the liver. Over time, the build-up of waste damages the liver beyond repair. After seven months on the liver transplant list, Keegan’s family finally received the call they had been waiting for – Keegan had a donor match.
McKayla and Amber
Ten years ago McKayla, Amber, Brittany and their father were traveling home after registering for classes when their car was struck by a drunk driver. The accident instantly killed their father and McKayla’s twin sister Brittany. McKayla suffered a shattered ankle, was partially paralyzed on one side of her face and deaf in one ear. She was flown to Children’s Hospital Colorado where she would spend her 10th birthday in a coma, unaware of what her family had lost. Amber had suffered internal injuries and was also transported to Children’s Colorado for care.
Nine-year old Noah has had more than his fair share of challenges in life, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at him. Just behind his twinkling brown eyes and infectious smile hide a brain riddled with the debilitating effects of epilepsy. Noah also suffered from atrial septal defect, a type of congenital heart defect that causes blood to flow between chambers of the heart that are normally separated. The holes in Noah’s heart were surgically repaired, but his epilepsy took a drastic turn for the worst. At the peak of his illness Noah was experiencing 100 seizures per day.
About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals:
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across North America, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, ensuring that every dollar is helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of its mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at
About Children’s Hospital Colorado:
Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) has defined and delivered pediatric health care excellence for more than 100 years. Founded in 1908, Children’s Colorado is a leading pediatric network entirely devoted to the health and well-being of children. Continually acknowledged as one of the nation’s outstanding pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and ranked 7th on its Best Children’s Hospitals 2012-13 Honor Roll, Children’s Colorado is known for both its nationally and internationally recognized medical, research, education and advocacy programs, as well as comprehensive everyday care for kids throughout Colorado and surrounding states. Children’s Colorado also is recognized for excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Centers and has been designated a Magnet® hospital since 2005. The hospital’s family-centered, collaborative approach combines the nation’s top pediatric doctors, nurses and researchers to pioneer new approaches to pediatric medicine. With urgent, emergency and specialty care locations throughout Metro Denver and Southern Colorado, including its main campus on the Anschutz Medical Campus, Children’s Colorado provides a full spectrum of pediatric specialties. For more information, visit www.childrenscolorado.org and connect with Children’s Colorado on Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest.