Children Medical Hospital is having a fundraiser on June 30th. The hospital is partnering with Dairy Queen for miracle treat day the profit for every blizzard purchased on that day. Mr. Bobby Cox Program Manager for the Children’s Miracle Network is heading up the event. He has been with the charity for 2 ½ years and has been involved in charity work for over 30 years. 100 percent of the money goes to helping the local hospital in Shreveport, LA. The hospital helped over 60,000 children last year alone.
Mason Bonnette & Bob Cox (From Left to Right)
One of these children is Mason Bonnette who suffers from HSAN a nerve disease that affects both his brain and muscles. Mason, was born on July 12, 2007 weighing 6 lbs 11 ounces. At first his family thought he was a healthy baby boy, but we would soon learn otherwise. Mason symptoms began to appear shortly after birth and continued to develop as time went on. At two months, Mason was diagnosed with pyloric stenosis, which required his first surgery. Two months after that, his family learned that Mason had blocked tear ducts and would require another surgery to remove the blockage. As Mason’s feeding difficulties continued the doctors performed multiple test trying to find an answer for his constant vomiting, and his doctors then decided Mason would benefit from another combination of surgeries. After even more surgeries and treatments, the answer came for his parents. At two years old, Mason was diagnosed with Hereditary Sensory Autonomic Neuropathy (degenerative dysautonomia).
To date, Mason has experienced multiple hospitalizations, procedures and surgeries. His journey has included visiting four (4) Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, as well as other hospitals. Currently, Mason utilizes three Children’s Miracle Network Member Hospitals for his medical care CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier (Shreveport, LA), St. Francis Hospital (Tulsa, OK), and Texas Children’s Hospital (Houston, TX). According to Mason’s mom, “Throughout our visits to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals we have found not only amazing medical professionals, but friends. Our doctors, nurses, therapists, and child life specialists have been there to support us during the rough times and rejoice with us during the good times.” Mason’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospital recently taught him to ride a bicycle unassisted, for the very first time. He is now their international ambassador/ kid coach for biking.
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