My husband and I decided to host the 1st Annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN) Family Fishing Derby because we have been personally touched by CMN. Our son Andrew (Drew) Sanders was diagnosed in utero with Cardiomyopathy.
This being our first child, we were completely devastated and scared for his future as well as our own. We did not know what to expect and how severe his heart disease was. We were sent to the University of Washington and planned to deliver in Seattle so that our son could be transferred to Seattle Children’s Hospital for continued care. Due to some complications with my health, we had an unplanned induction a month early at the University of Washington (U of W).
On April 21, 2012 Andrew Jackson Sanders was born 6lbs 9oz. Absolutely perfect in our eyes, Drew was admitted to the NICU at U of W for 5 days and then transferred to Seattle Children’s for another seven days. Seattle Children’s provided us a private room and since the delivery was unplanned and a month early, they provided us with diapers, clothing and formula. The care and attentiveness we received was beyond words. Drew had a team of Cardiologists and underwent a wide range of tests to try and determine the extent of his condition.
Today, Drew is strong and full of life. Every two months Drew is seen at Children’s Village and every four months he is seen by the Heart Failure Team at Seattle Children’s. Drew is thriving and clinically presents no cardiac symptoms. He is followed closely locally as well as in Seattle and our fears, though still in the back of our minds, have been eased by the care and support from both facilities.
Without Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (Memorial is Central Washington’s CMN hospital) we may not have know about Drew’s condition or been able to treat it.
Every day we are reminded how blessed we are to have this resource. Our hope with the Fishing Derby is to raise money for CMN as well as bring awareness to the community. All proceeds donated through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Central Washington benefit local programs and services for Valley children at Memorial Hospital and Children’s Village.
Don’t miss it!
1st Annual Children’s Miracle Network Family Fishing Derby
Date: September 21st
Location: Zillah Lakes
Fishing: 10am – 2pm
$20 for adults
$15 for children 12-17
$10 for children 11 and below
Catch and Keep
No fishing licenses required
Food and drink vendors
Awards at 3pm
With a live performance by Odie Green