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Feb 11 - 12 from 6am - 6pm
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 seven Children's Hospital Colorado patients whose experiences represent hope and inspiration..
Carson, Age: 8
Born at 25 weeks gestation and weighing just 1 pound 12 ounces, Carson developed a brain bleed in his first week of life. He was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a disorder affecting movement, muscle tone and posture. With intense therapy, Carson was able to learn to walk and run, but expended twice the energy as other kids his age. The answer to providing Carson a better quality of life came in the form of a complicated neuro-spinal surgery: the selective dorsal rhizotomy. Tune in to hear how Carson’s champion attitude has helped him walk, and even run, down the road to recovery.
Logan, Age: 16
From birth, Logan has fought to survive. He was air lifted from his home state of Wyoming to Children’s Hospital Colorado and spent his first month of life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Just before his second birthday, Logan experienced a stroke. He lost his ability to speak and showed weakness on one side of his body. Five years later, after fully recovering from his stroke, Logan was diagnosed with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a rare blood disorder that can lead to excessive bruising and internal bleeding. Tune in to hear how this small-town kid has mustered the strength to continue doing the things he loves, like raising and showing his cattle and sheep, despite the bumps in the road.
When Daniel was born prematurely, he was immediately placed on a breathing tube. He was transferred to Children’s Hospital Colorado when he was 2 months old and underwent surgeries to help his underdeveloped lungs function properly. Nutrition and digestion complications further hindered his ability to thrive, but just a few months before his first birthday he achieved his first smile, much to his family’s delight. Tune in to hear Daniel’s family celebrate his life and share the tender moments before they said goodbye.
Ellory, Age: 10
On Christmas Day 2013, Ellory was noticeably pale and didn’t feel like celebrating. This uncharacteristic shift in her mood, coupled with episodes of aching joints and a broken arm in the months prior, prompted her parents to seek specialty care. Blood work revealed that Ellory’s white blood cell count was dangerously high. She was rushed to Children’s Hospital Colorado where she was diagnosed with leukemia and immediately began chemotherapy treatments. Tune in to hear how Ellory endured two years of intense treatment and thrilled her care team with her bubbly personality along the way.
Luke, Age: 15 months
Kelsey, an employee and former patient at Children’s Hospital Colorado, has a unique generational care story to share. As a child, Kelsey received care for a rare inherited orthopedic disorder. When she became a mother, she knew that there was a 50 percent chance that her offspring would be inflicted with the disorder, but she also knew that Children’s Colorado had the expertise needed to support her family. Like his mother, Kelsey, Luke was born with five fingers and no thumbs. He also had seven toes on each foot and was missing tibia bones in both legs. To increase his mobility and quality of life, Luke recently underwent an orthopedic surgery at Children’s Colorado, amputating both legs from below the knee. Tune in to hear how this toddler is managing with his newly fitted prosthetic legs, hitting his milestones and keeping his parents on their toes.
Truett, Age: 2
Although he was born a healthy baby boy, at 2 months old Truett caught a common cold that progressed quickly to serious respiratory distress, which required hospital admission. Three hospitals and 35 days later, Truett suffered from septic shock and nearly died. As the days passed, Truett lost movement in his legs and was fully dependent on a ventilator to breathe. Today, Truett uses a tracheotomy tube, ventilator and oxygen to breathe, is paralyzed from the neck down, and is fed through a gastric tube (G-tube), although he really enjoys lollipops and Nutella. Tune in to hear how Truett’s transfer to Children’s Hospital Colorado for specialty care has allowed him to keep living and fighting as his care team searches tirelessly for answers.
Ramiah, Age: 9 months
Born with a one percent chance of survival, Ramiah has defied the odds. She was born weighing only one pound 6 ounces and had a mass on her underdeveloped lungs. At 1 week old she had her first surgery to close a hole in her heart and three months later received a tracheostomy and ventilator to help her breathe and a feeding tube to deliver the nutrition she needed to thrive. Ramiah recently moved from the intensive care unit to a regular hospital room, a welcome change of scenery. Tune in to hear how she’s doing today as she awaits her overdue homecoming.
About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals:
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.7 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 our mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at www.CMNHospitals.org.
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 5th on its Best Children’s Hospitals 2015-16 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 is the winner of the 2015 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize, and is a 2015 Most Wired hospital according to Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. 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, www.childrenscolorado.org and connect with Children’s Colorado on Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest.