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In this issue: SUMMER 2010

Welcome letter
Big dreams for tiny babies
The thrill of discovery
A joint effort
Born too soon
The nature of nurture
Steeplechase benefits Children's Hospital
Friends and fashion

 

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Friends and fashion

By Kelly Archer / June 2010

For 22 child models, all former patients at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the 20th annual Friends and Fashion show provided the perfect opportunity to learn about giving back – especially to a cause that hits so close to home.

Photo by Jodi RallPhoto by Jodi Rall“Yeah, I’d love to help the kids,” said 9-year-old Louis Sellers, shown here left with Daniel Waggoner, center, and a Belk model, when asked by his father Glenn if he’d like to participate as a model in the show benefiting Children’s Hospital.

The fashion show was sponsored by Belk and coordinated by the Williamson County Chapter of Friends of Children’s Hospital, a volunteer organization that serves the hospital’s patients through fundraising and volunteering.

Louis was born with a congenital heart block and long QT syndrome, conditions that cause abnormal blood flow in the heart and affect heart rhythm. He had surgery to receive a pacemaker implant when he was only 2 days old. When Louis was 6, his parents, Glenn and Lisa Sellers, realized that the pacemaker had stopped working. They immediately came to Children’s Hospital.

The Sellers learned that Louis’ pacemaker had not been working for more than two weeks, and Louis stayed overnight in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Frank Fish, M.D., led a team of doctors who moved and repaired his pacemaker. Louis now checks in with Fish every six months for ongoing care.

As regional vice president for Belk, Glenn Sellers was already involved with the Friends organization through Friends and Fashion. This year he wanted Louis to also participate in support of the hospital that had been so important to his family.

More than 550 guests attended the event, which raised a record-breaking $70,000 for the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology through ticket sales to the fashion show and Patron’s Party, auction proceeds and outright gifts.

 


 

 

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