It's one of my favourite times of the year! Radiothon!! Why? Because it gives us a chance to give back to a place that's given us so much. Our lives and gratitude will be forever linked to this facility because it was the place that saved our son's life.
As most of you know, our son Parker, was born critically ill with a multitude of medical problems and at just 2 days old, was transferred to the ACH NICU to have his first of many lifesaving surgeries. Needless to say, our world was turned upside down and being overwhelmed would be a huge understatement. Parker’s medical issues were related to his entire Gastrointestinal system, kidneys, bladder and heart. At one month old, he was clinically diagnosed with a very rare GI Syndrome. Added up, we've spent almost 3 years living in the hospital and every single holiday from Christmas all the way back to Thanksgiving. We've celebrated birthdays, first steps, and first words under that roof. It truly has become a second home to us and he is truly a miracle.
Today, Parker is stable, at home, and we just passed our 2nd anniversary, admission free. He's 5 now and we're experiencing new "firsts"... His first day of school, first plane ride, first Christmas at home, first dip in the ocean, all firsts that we weren't sure we were ever going to see. He loves music, dancing, playgrounds, and ice cream but most of all, he loves his sister and being able to play with her every day.
All of this could not have been done without the hospital yes, but it also could not have been done without the generous support of this community and folks like you, supporting events and fundraisers like this. It’s why we are so grateful for everyone involved in putting on this annual Radiothon and to all of you for rallying around this hospital and our children, because it does take a village to raise a child and the kindness of strangers to make it happen.
So here I am, and will be...every year, to raise funds and support a place that continues to give love, care, hope and miracles to so many families. AND... there's no better time to donate then now! This year, every dollar donated will be MATCHED by an anonymous donor! Can you believe that?!! Your generousity will be doubled! No matter the amount, every dollar is appreciated and every person can make an impact!
We thank you in advance for your support.
The Dao Family.
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