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Three Cheers for our 2021 Champion, Brandon Kellogg!
We are very excited to announce Brandon Kellogg as our 2021 Kansas City Market Champion! Brandon will serve as CMN Ambassadors for KU Medical Center and will be featured on various campaign materials throughout the year to localize all fundraising efforts for CMN of Greater Kansas City. We are proud to have Brandon represent our mission and the inspiring year ahead.
Brandon has had a tough medical journey in his short 10 years and because of that has a special understanding and compassion for others who are facing difficult challenges. He has always been a fighter and is rewriting medical textbooks because of all that he has been through and conquered starting the day he came into this world.
Brandon was born 6 weeks early at the University of Kansas Medical Center. The day after he was born, he had to have exploratory surgery and was diagnosed with Christmas Tree Bowel Atresia. This is a rare form of Small Bowel Atresia in which 75% of his small intestines were removed because they were wrapped around his mesenteric artery in the shape of a Christmas Tree and were no longer viable. He was also born with Hypodactyly which means he is missing almost half of his fingers.
Brandon spent 7 months in the NICU where he battled central line infections, bacterial overgrowth, meningitis, blood clots, and had several different procedures and surgeries. The next several months were spent in and out of the KU Pediatric Unit and PICU for line infections and different illnesses associated with his condition. He has had countless surgeries, scopes, procedures and tests performed on him. With every hospital stay over the years, Brandon and his family always walk out of KU Medical Center feeling grateful and confident that they just received the best care possible so that Brandon can lead his best life possible. And he is doing just that!
Although he faces daily trials because of his diagnoses, he lives a relatively normal life and has learned to take pride in his differences and accept them as they are. Brandon is very active 10-year-old who loves to play Xbox, building LEGO sets and cheering on Sporting KC. Most importantly, he loves spending time with his family and his little brother Jack, whom he calls his best friend!
$58,905 MIRACLES made at the 2020 Miracle Day of Hope Radiothon
December 3rd was a day filled with hope and miracles for KC Medical Center Pediatrics because of the overwhelming generosity of the Kansas City community. Cumulus Media dedicated twelve hours of airtime broadcasting from their homes, basements, living rooms and even closets; thank you pandemic! But, despite that challenge, the talent from across all seven radio stations did an amazing job shining a light on all the GOOD happening in our KC community for kids at KU Pediatrics.
Special thanks to our friends at Cumulus Media for their hard work and dedication. We would also like to thank each listener who called in their gifts to make this year's radiothon a great success!
2020 Extra Life Game Day
On November 7, gamers across the country came together to play, stream, and raise money for the kids on Game Day! To date, 238 gamers have nearly $86,000 for Kansas City kids, far surpassing their 2019 total!
In addition to their personal streams and fundraising efforts, several gamers volunteered their time and talents for the first Kansas City Extra Life Stream event with United E-Sports Association. From Guitar Hero (played by Futiles, an Extra Life Rockstar in Texas) to Rocket League and SuperSmash Bros tournaments, this inaugural stream is just the beginning as we look forward to the continuing growth of gamers supporting CMN at KU Medical Center. Extra Life 2021 is already up and running and you don't want to miss out on the fun! Head over to www.extra-life.org and get registered TODAY!
KU Medical Center Students Make Miracles
The student organization, KUMC Miracle Makers, is a dedicated group of medical, nursing, occupational and physical therapy students who raise funds and awareness. While many students have weathered the shifting educational landscape of 2020, we are incredibly impressed by these graduate students who have continued their medical education while raising record funds for CMN! Through merchandise sales and a series of creative virtual events, the KUMC Miracle Makers raised $4,433.22 for KU Pediatrics!