Thursday, July 1, 2010

More Pics & Videos - Washington 2010

The National Zoo, front of the White House and of course a picture Holland flying high in the pool!

And check out the videos!

Our Alaska sign at the Senate building, Holland @ Madam Tussauds and Justin shaking the President's hand!

Washington D.C. June 2010

So sorry for the late post - but let me start out by telling you that Washington D.C. was AMAZING! The CMN group did an outstanding job! The kids & famililes went to the White House, Capital Hill, the Jefferson & Lincoln Memorial and we chose the museum of Natural History and the National Zoo. I am unable to put into words just how great a trip it was. Of course if you ask Holland what she did in D.C. it would not be "I met the President!" it would be "I went swimming with my daddy". Oh well, she will have an amazing scrapbook!
I hope that you enjoy the pictures!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Our Visit to Colorado

Hi Friends,
Holland and I are visiting Grandma and Pappa this week. We were very lucky to have the opportunity to tour the newborn intensive care unit at Denver Children's - what a great place! We also went across the street to University Hospital to see where Aunt Marilyn worked.

Then Holland, Pappa and I went to Costco # 1027. Everyone at Costco was so friendly and they all were excited to raise money for CMN! They ladies in the bakery were especially wonderful and let Holland ice cookies, spread fudge frosting on a cake and even look at the HUGE mixers. We had a really fun day!!

The picture on the top right is Holland, Pappa and the store manager Danny. The picture on the top left is Holland with Rosa & Becky in the bakery. The middle picture is Holland at Denver Children's. The video is Holland and Keriann with the HUGE mixer.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Just starting out

Hi Friends!
Today is the first day that we have this blog. We are going to share our year with everyone, so I hope that you come back and check out our adventures. Make sure and click on "Holland's Story" to read the official beginning.
Ginny, Justin & Holland

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Holland's Story

Age 5
Premature Birth, Type 1 Diabetes

The Children’s Hospital at Providence

Holland’s mom sums up her personality like this: strong-willed and compassionate. It is the first trait, her strong will, that has enabled her to defy odds and become the fearless 5-year-old she is today.

Holland was born at 23 weeks gestation, weighing a startling 1 pound, 3 ounces. In her first 99 days of life, all of which were spent in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at The Children’s Hospital at Providence, Holland underwent surgery for her heart, received multiple blood transfusions, and had laser eye surgery, among other procedures. Following her discharge from the hospital, Holland had 97 appointments in nine months, including visits to pulmonologists, cardiologists, dieticians, gastroenterologists and more.

Her battle didn’t stop there. At only 2 years old, Holland was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, a life-long disease. In fact, Holland is the youngest child in Alaska to have been put on an insulin pump.

Despite these challenges, Holland’s smile and personality make her stand out in a crowd, or on a playground, where she prefers to spend her time.

About Walmart and Sam’s Club

Wal-Mart has supported Children’s Miracle Network since 1987. Since then, Children’s Miracle Network and Wal-Mart have worked tirelessly together to help children by raising money for children’s hospitals. Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members have raised more than $500 million for children’s hospitals during the 23 year relationship. This is the second year Walmart and Sam’s Club have sponsored the Champions program.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Champions presented by Walmart and Sam’s Club

Champions presented by Walmart and Sam’s Club is a Children's Miracle Network program that brings attention to the important work being done at children’s hospitals by honoring remarkable children who have faced severe medical challenges.

The Champions program designates a champion child in every state who has bravely battled a serious injury or illness. The champions represent the nearly 17 million children treated at Children’s Miracle Network hospitals every year. The 2010 champions have dealt with a wide variety of injuries and illnesses including genetic diseases, heart transplants and traumas, as well as life-threatening staph infections.

As part of Champions presented by Walmart and Sam’s Club, the champions travel for a week in June to Washington, D.C., where champions traditionally meet with their state senators on Capitol Hill, and the President of the United States during a visit to the White House. The family then travels to Orlando, Fla., for a second week in November. There, champions meet Children’s Miracle Network sponsor, hospital and media partners who all convene to celebrate a year of medical miracles during the Children’s Miracle Network Celebration event at Walt Disney World Resort.