05-10-2010 (Dayton, OH) -
New ambassadors for The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton will be introduced during the 28th annual broadcast of the Children’s Miracle Network telethon on Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6.
Ambassadors represent Dayton Children’s at various events and programs throughout the year.
The new 2010-2011 ambassadors are:
- Bailey Allen is an active 10-year-old girl from Carlisle. Bailey participates in soccer, softball, basketball and dance. Nine years ago, Bailey’s mom Angela thought she may never be able to participate in sports because her 6 week old baby had a cancerous tumor on the bottom of her right foot. Today, Bailey is in remission and doing well. She loves to tell her story and raise money for other cancer patients. She is seen by Emmett Broxson, MD, in the hematology/oncology department and Henry Albers, MD, in the orthopedic department. Bailey is also being featured this year at the Dayton Dragon’s Home Run for Life game on Wednesday, June 2.
- Kyle Crawford is a 14-year-old teenager from Urbana with more life experience than most kids his age. Kyle has Type I diabetes, but according to Kyle having diabetes is only minor compared to what his younger sister Jena endures every day. Jena, 12, has severe cerebral palsy that requires her to be in a wheelchair, on a tracheotomy and a feeding tube. Kyle helps his mom Laurie with caring for Jena who is a regular patient in Dayton Children’s intensive care unit. Kyle sees Paul Breyer, MD, every three months to manage his diabetes and is president of student council, on the honor roll and volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House with his mom. He also plays basketball, baseball and football.
- Chardanai White of Trotwood was diagnosed with sickle cell disease as an infant and then von Willebrand disease when she was 5 years old. She has been treated at Dayton Children’s by Mukund Dole, MD, her whole life. As an all “A” student, Chardanai sings in her church choir, is active in Girl Scouts and enjoys dancing. Chardanai is 11-years-old and dreams of becoming a doctor someday because she wants to give to other kids that have sickle cell disease.
- Abigail Kurdin was at recess one day playing on the monkey bars when she mysteriously fell to the ground. Abby was taken to Dayton Children’s Soin Pediatric Trauma and Emergency Center to check for a head injury. The emergency department immediately ordered a CT scan and the technician saw something abnormal. What the tech saw was a malformation of the brain called Chiari 1 malformation where the brain has a downward displacement of the cerebellar tonsils. Laurence Kleiner, MD, neurosurgeon at Dayton Children’s evaluated Abby and scheduled her surgery a few days later. If the malformation was not corrected, it can cause headaches, fatigue, muscle weakness in the head and face, difficulty swallowing, dizziness, nausea, impaired coordination and paralysis. Abby is now 12 years old. She and her mom, Jan-Marie, say that her “guardian angel” knocked her off the monkey bars that day. Abby lives in Kettering.
The telethon hosts are Channel 7’s, Cheryl McHenry, Mike Hartsock and K99.1 FM’s Nancy Wilson. Cheryl has hosted the telethon for more than 20 years and Mike Hartsock has hosted for over 5 years.
The telethon begins at 9:00 pm on Saturday, June 5, and ends at 6:00 pm on Sunday, June 6. The broadcast will feature special kids who are connected to Dayton Children’s and caregivers who treat the children.
“The broadcast truly is a celebration of the children in our care,” says Debbie Butner, telethon manager at Dayton Children’s.
“The telethon is also an opportunity to thank our sponsors and donors for their generous support. Their commitment helps us continue to provide the best pediatric care during a child’s time of need.”
Supporting the Children’s Miracle Network helps ensure children throughout the Miami Valley receive the quality health care they deserve when they are treated at Dayton Children’s. One hundred percent of the funds raised locally through the Children’s Miracle Network stay at Dayton Children’s.
Viewers can make a donation by calling 1-888-746-KIDS (5437), by texting “4kids” to 85944 or by donating online. You can also follow live updates on Dayton Children’s Facebook and Twitter pages during the telethon - follow @DaytonChildrens to stay connected.
Other children who will be featured on the telethon include Layla Musgrove of Beavercreek, Aron Albrecht of Greenfield, Donovon Trentham of Oregonia, Justin Ferrence of Xenia, Adrianna Scott of Dayton, Casey Mowen of Eaton, Mitchell Franzer of St. Henry, Benjamin Perez of Centerville, Lindsay Bailey of St. Henry and Rachel Doseck from Botkins.
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