100 % of the proceeds from the 10th Annual Cantrell Center 5K & Fun Run will benefit Beverly Knight Olson Children's Hospital, Navicent Health, part of the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN).
About Beverly Knight Olson Children's Hospital, Navicent Health:
- Since 1987- Beverly Knight Olson Children's Hospital, Navicent Health has been the only designated Children's Hospital between Atlanta, Georgia and Gainesville, Florida
- Children's Miracle Network affiliated hospital since 1993, with more than 25 partners who fundraise for Beverly Knight Olson Children's Hospital Navicent Health through CMN
- 3,000+ children have been admitted in to their inpatient units
- 45,000+ pediatric patients served in 2014 from Central and South GA
- 2,800+ Surgeries have been performed by pediatric surgeons
- No Child is Turned Away-- 100% of funds raised through CMN stay local, and no child is ever turned away, regardless of ability to pay
See how Beverly Knight Olson Children's Hospital, Navicent Health is impacting local children...
In February 2014, Dane had his first seizure. Not knowing what was causing his seizures, Dane was sent to his local hospital. He was then immediately transferred to the Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health and within a day Dane was diagnosed with Adrenal Insufficiency. Dane's body does not produce cortisol. Cortisol regulates your blood sugar, blood pressure, metabolism as well as other vital sources to your body. Dane now takes cortisol by mouth three times a day. Dane will have to take cortisol for the rest of his life as well as wear a medical ID bracelet so the EMT’s can treat him appropriately if needed. His treatment has allowed him to grow and he now has the energy of a normal seven-year-old. He uses that energy by playing basketball and soccer. “We were so lucky to have the Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health. They not only took care of Dane but took care of us,” said Melissa Strunk, Dane’s mother.
After returning from a family fishing trip, Aidan noticed swelling in his neck. After a trip to his pediatrician, they were sent home with antibiotics and were on the path to recovery, or so they thought. Aidan progressively got worse, and was transferred to Beverley Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health in Macon. Doctors immediately began running tests on Aidan, and after all test results returned, Aidan was diagnosed with T-Cell Leukemia. Aidan immediately began chemotherapy. Aidan’s mom, Angela shares, “I did not think we would be able to get treated so close to home. The Children's Hospital is phenomenal and they are very qualified to treat Aidan. The hospital has become our family. Aidan, the nurses, child life, are all buddies. The way they love him and the way he loves them…you don't see that often and it makes me feel comfortable as a mom.” On a brighter note, Aidan will be complete with his treatments in 2019, ironically, the same year the new children’s hospital will open!
This past July will be one that Amanda Allchin will never forget. A time full of fun and sun ended up taking a dramatic turn. Amanda’s daughter, Bryleigh Mae had come out of her float and was unconscious in the pool. There was no breath, no pulse and she looked almost black because she was so blue. Amanda immediately called 911 and began CPR. Bryleigh Mae was rushed to her local emergency room, and then life-flighted to Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health in Macon. The next few days were critical but fortunately, with the care Bryleigh received while in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, she made a full recovery and is now back home in Nashville, Georgia. One of her nurses stood at the edge of Bryleigh Mae’s bed and said, “You guys are lucky. That doesn’t always happen. She really is a miracle baby.” Amanda realizes how very fortunate they are! “It has been a life changing experience here at the children’s hospital, said Amanda. “The care they give each child is amazing. We have nothing but appreciation for the Children’s Hospital.”
In 2016, Mason began running low-grade fevers off and on. By the end of March, his hemoglobin was below normal. Normal levels are at twelve, but Mason's was below five. This was a major red flag for Mason’s pediatrician, and he immediately sent Mason to the Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health. “By the time we got there, we knew something was serious, but no one can prepare you to hear the word “cancer” in relation to your child,” said Brittany Kruger, Mason’s mother. Everybody thinks, “Not my family. Not us.” After Mason was initially diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia he spent two weeks in the hospital. There were so many things affected by Mason’s diagnosis, routines were different, cannot play with others as much because of his immune system. “Living 75 miles away makes for difficult time away from our family and our “normal routines,” said Brittany, but the staff of the children's hospital helps make our hospitalizations and our new routines manageable!”