We're Raising Money for Children's Hospital Colorado! Feb 20 - 22 from 6am - 6pm
What: Join Alice 105.9 andChildren's Miracle Network Hospitals in creating a $1 million miracle for the patients at Children's Hospital Colorado. For three 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 nine Children's Hospital Colorado patients whose experiences represent hope and inspiration..
While driving one night with 3-year-old Niara, Niara’s dad hit a patch of black ice and lost control of his car. Her dad did not survive the crash, and and Niara was thrown from the car, landing on her head in below-freezing conditions. For the next two months, Niara received treatment for severe head injury she received in the crash. And five years after the accident, Niara walked down the aisle as a flower girl in her mother’s wedding to Diovanti, a security guard working at the hospital the night of the accident who visited Niara consistently throughout her stay.
Maddie age 15
Maddie was born with a rare spinal defect called Caudal Regression Syndrome. At 6 months old, she had the first of what would eventually be over 60 surgeries. She has received treatment through almost every specialty at Children's Hospital Colorado; when she was 10, Maddie’s legs were so painful and uncomfortable that she asked doctors to remove them. After 6 months of evaluation and consultation, her legs were amputated. The first thing she said when she woke up from surgery was “my feet don’t hurt anymore!” Since then Maddie hasn’t let anything slow her down and she keeps a positive attitude.
Wyoming Champion Maddi age 11 Cheyenne, WY
Madison began having seizures at 7 months old and was diagnosed with complex partial epilepsy. Doctor’s tried a variety of medications to control her seizures, but no medications could eliminate them. Maddi’s parents started to discuss alternatives and began to consider surgery, a risky proposition considering the complexity of the operation. In 2007 she did have surgery, which greatly reduced the number of seizures she experienced. Today Maddi is a friendly, social fifth grader. Periodically she still has seizures, which could possibly be eliminated with another operation. Her family is considering this option, but ultimately it will be Maddi’s decision.
Dylan was born with a condition called fibular hemimelia and congenital short femur. He had no fibula (calf bone), his tibia (shin bone) was bowed, and his femur (thigh bone) was much shorter than it should have been. Dylan was only a week old when he has his first appointment at Children’s Colorado. Doctors confirmed the diagnosis and spoke with his parents about the tough decisions ahead. After months of consideration, his parents decided that amputation would be the best option for Dylan. His first surgery was one year ago, and he will need additional surgeries in the future. But for now, he is an active little boy who is adjusting well to life with his prosthetic.
Gavyn age 3 Aurora, CO
Gavyn was 3 years old when he unclipped the seat belt on his car seat. When his mom noticed he had become unclipped, she reached back to help Gavyn put on his seatbelt – and got into a car accident. Gavyn was thrown forward and hit his head on the seat in front of him. Both Aimee and Gavyn were rushed to the hospital and Gavyn was sent straight to Children’s Colorado. He survived the accident but his neck was broken, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. His family is adjusting to Gavyn’s condition and with some help from Children’s Colorado staff they have begun renovations on their home to make it wheelchair accessible.
deceased - 16 months
Veronica was a vibrant and loving 15-month-old baby. One afternoon Veronica’s mom was running errands and noticed Veronica was a bit shaky. She called the after-hours urgent care at Children’s Colorado, and after discussing Veronica’s symptoms with a nurse, her mom brought her in to be seen by a doctor. In the Emergency Department, Veronica’s condition worsened. Teams of doctors and nurses ran numerous tests and diagnosed Veronica with a rare genetic disorder called Alpers syndrome. The prognosis was poor and after much consideration and support from doctors, Veronica was taken off of life support. She passed peacefully in her parents loving arms, and they take comfort in knowing that she passed comfortably.
Luke and his family had recently moved to Colorado and were enjoying a hike in Estes Park. On their hike, Luke decided to jump off a giant boulder. When he landed, a tree branch pierced through his shin to his knee. He was taken to a local hospital, cleaned up, and sent home. Luke’s pain level continued to be high, so his parents brought him to Children’s Colorado to have his injury re-examined. Doctors confirmed that nothing was broken, but the fluid surrounding his knee had been punctured. He had immediate surgery to fix what might otherwise have been a life-threatening injury, and today he is completely healed.
Colorado Champion Zachary
As a baby, Zach was not developing the same way as other kids his age. His parents brought him to Children’s Colorado where he was diagnosed with left hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Through coordinated care, Zach began receiving extensive treatment for his development issues including physical therapy, and work at the Gait Lab. Zach progressed so well that he joined the Hospital Sports Program to pursue his interest in skiing and snowboarding. He has come a long way and in 2012 he won the Wells Fargo Ski Cup National Adaptive Race in Winter Park. Zach hopes to someday give others the opportunity to enjoy sports in an atmosphere of acceptance and encouragement.
At just 5 ½ Preston’s mom, Tricia, noticed a bump on Preston’s neck. Being a laid back mom Tricia did not think much of it but after a round of antibiotics and the bump was still there, they went back to the doctor. All it took was the look on the doctors face to know it was more serious than an infection. Preston had cancer. And not just any cancer, he was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma which meant his cancer had spread from his neck, into his chest, and down into his liver and spleen. He was given less than 5% chance to live if this went untreated. A port was placed into his chest which fed the 7 different chemotherapy agents directly to his heart. The treatment thankfully worked but not without a few bumps along the way. Not only did it kill the cancer but it ravaged his body so he lost his hair and painfully dealt with mouth sores. Today Preston is 4 years in remission and his family now looks at his cancer as a gift that came in ugly wrapping paper.
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.