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.