Media Release: Patients featured at Clifton Mill to launch the holiday season

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Two patient families will be VIP Guests of Clifton Mill on December 11 and December 15

12-11-2009 (Dayton, OH) - Each year Anthony Satariano, owner of the Clifton Mill, invites two patient families to the Mill and each child is allowed to "flip the switch" to turn on the 3.5 million lights the evening they visit. Each child receives a special gift from Santa and families have an enjoyable night.

Friday, December 11 and Tuesday, December 15
6:00 pm both nights
Friday - Alex Hilgeford, 7 years old from Riverside
Tuesday - Taylor Bush, 16 years old from Troy

Clifton Mill is located at 75 Watter Street in Clifton. Phone number is 937- 767-5501.

About Alex Hilgeford and Taylor Bush:

Alex Hilgeford was born with a rare webbing syndrome. He was brought to Dayton Children's shortly after birth and spent several weeks in Dayton Children's Regional Level III Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). After many surgeries and consultations with Michael Albert, MD, orthopedic surgeon, Alex's parents Drew and Mindy made a difficult decision to amputate Alex's right leg this past June. He has been fitted with a prosthetic leg and is able to kick a ball, run and most importantly is pain-free. Alex has named his new leg, Fred. Alex is 7-years-old and lives in Riverside.

Taylor Bush At first, Taylor Bush's parents thought their 11-month-old daughter had colic, a pattern of intense crying in a young infant. So her parents took her to the gastroenterology clinic at The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. The diagnosis changed—Taylor was suffering from cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is a disease that causes severe respiratory and digestive problems. Instead of producing mucus that normally acts as a lubricant in the pancreas and the lungs, a defective gene causes the mucus to plug up passageways in the pancreas and lungs. Taylor just turned 16-years-old and lives in Troy.
"We are so honored that Anthony chooses patients from Dayton Children's to help kick-off the holiday season each year at the Clifton Mill," said Debbie Butner, Children's Miracle Network manager at Dayton Children's. "This certainly makes each family's holiday season a little brighter. We are grateful for the support of Clifton Mill."

About Clifton Mill:
For over 20 years Clifton Mill has celebrated the Christmas season in a very special way. The holiday light display is one of the country's finest with over 3.5 million lights illuminating the mill, the gorge, the riverbanks, trees and bridges. There is even a 100 foot "waterfall" of twinkling lights. The flip of one switch turns all the lights on at once transforming night into a fantastical winter wonderland. The lights have been featured in Midwest Living and Ohio Magazine. There is a Miniature Village, a Santa Claus Museum and a spectacular synchronized lights and music show that features the old Covered Bridge. Every night until Christmas Eve, you can peek into Santa's Workshop to see a live Santa at work and then, every 15 minutes or so, watch him check his list and go up the chimney to load his sleigh.

For more information, contact:
Marketing Communications Department
Phone: 937-641-3666


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