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September 2, 2013

Show You Care for Cook's Pediatric ICU through Kyle's Care

When I was eight months pregnant with my first born, it was discovered that he had a congenital heart defect. Thankfully, at five years old he’s a relatively healthy young man who is expected to live a relatively normal life with a few exceptions. Unfortunately, this is not always the case for the 1 in 8 children born with a CHD every year.

While I had never heard of a CHD before our own experience, since then I’ve learned and met so many families who have been touched by it in our short journey. Just the other day I was listening to the radio when I heard the voice of a father sharing the story of his eleven-month old dying in his arms after complications of two open-heart surgeries. With tears running down my face, I pulled to the side of the road to listen to the rest of the radio spot on 95.9 The Ranch.

The father was inviting the community to the 3rd Annual Kyle's Care BBQ Dinner and Auction on Saturday, September 28 from 6-9 p.m. at the Somervell County Expo Center in Glen Rose.  The event raises funds for the Kyle Bradley Staples Memorial Fund at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. After the family spent 11 weeks at the hospital, the family saw the incredible need for families with children in pediatric ICU to have support such as eating for free in the cafeteria available.  

While my family wasn’t a patient at Cook Children’s Hospital, I can attest that having resources like free food allowed my family to spend every moment with our son without leaving the hospital, to stay healthy through continuing to eat and most of all, save our money for the huge medical bills that we would have to deal with later. When you do the math of full-time at the hospital, 7 days a week, 3 meals a day and multiple members of your family, it adds up quickly. So the gift of this type of support is so vital for families like The Bradleys, The Reos and the thousands of families like us.

So I’m asking you to support this very strong family to continue to provide this gift for Cook’s by purchasing a ticket to eat some BBQ on Sept. 28. If you can’t attend, you can still donate money, even just a few dollars to help out another family suffering from the sad occurrences that force them to be in ICU. And if you have the resources, consider sponsoring this organization – with spots starting at just $100!

To learn more about Kyle’s Care and this amazing event, please visit the website at



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