For those of you unfamiliar with Cameron's story, I suggest you head way back and read this blog post that I wrote, just about 4 years ago: http://milesandmiracles.blogspot.com/2013/08/camerons-storyso-far.html
Life has been a roller coaster for the past 7 years, but the one thing that has remained steady is our support from CHaD. Cameron continues to be regularly evaluated by both the Pediatric Neurologist and the Pediatric Orthopedist. His seizures are not considered "controlled", with the most recent one occurring on August 9th and his right sided weakness and foot drop are monitored and supported by equipment and physical therapy. We are beyond thankful for their guidance and support from the physicians, nurses and entire staff at The Children's Hospital at Dartmouth, and have worked each summer over the past three years to give back to the CHaD community by raising money and participating in the CHaD HERO. We have personally reaped the benefits of the monies raised by the donors and cannot express our gratitude better than by giving back ourselves.
Here are some great examples of ways that your donations will help the children and families at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth:
$5 - $25 means toys for waiting rooms, playrooms and teen rooms, a book for CHaD kids at their well-child visit and so much more. Being a patient at CHaD is "a children's hospital experience, and not just a medical experience" for more than 60,000 CHaD kids and their families every day. Most often, kids who arrive at CHaD for their first time find their way back, and while it’s not a place anyone wants to be, The Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth is the first place I turn to when Cameron is in trouble.
$50 means 2 CHaD kids who happen to be at CHaD on their birthday, get a birthday party. When Cameron had his brain surgery, he spent Halloween in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at CHaD. The wonderful staff at CHaD brought Cam a load of costumes to choose from and he was given the opportunity to go trick-or-treating around the hospital. When he declined the offer (he was still pretty groggy and sore), one of the nurses went for him and brought him a big goodie bag of Halloween treats from each of the departments. He wasn’t there on his birthday, but it is just another example of the way the CHaD staff go above and beyond to make the children feel welcomed and loved.
$75 helps CHaD's Child Life Specialists prepare 5 CHaD kids for surgery. This was something that was very special when Cameron had his surgery. As so many people are popping in and out of the waiting room (which is full of awesome toys and games) introducing themselves and explaining procedures, we were given a single person to help us remember who the people were, organize our thoughts, answer any questions, get a cup of coffee, anything we needed. The Child Life Specialists are talented people and held our hands through the entire surgery prep, including going into the OR and walking me back to the waiting room, where I met back up with Shawn.
$250 provides 50 CHaD kids, who are managing a chronic illness, a 'care notebook' to keep track of their medical information. Every time we have stepped into the inpatient unit at CHaD, we were given a bag with lots of helpful information, contacts, a notebook and pen. While these things seem little and somewhat unimportant, many questions were written down with that pen and notebook that would have otherwise been forgotten.
$500 or $1,000 helps protect kids through the Child Advocacy and Protection Program by providing clinics with the tools needed to screen patients for exposure to domestic violence, a potential indicator of child abuse.
Every day families arrive at CHaD, relying on the world-class care and expertise of the physicians, therapists, nurses and the entire staff to guide them and care for their children. No parent wants to be put in the position of relying on doctors to help them make life-changing decisions about their children’s health, but when they do, the support provided through CHaD, funded by donors, makes all the difference. Please consider a donation to help the children and families at CHaD.