Children’s Miracle Network Miracle Moment: CMN Champion Colin Gholson

The Children’s Miracle Network got its start in 1983 with the mission to help cover the cost of medical care for children. Since then, they have raised over seven billion dollars, most donations raised only one dollar at a time. Children’s hospitals like Monument Health rely on the kind donations of their communities to improve the lives of as many children as possible.

If you would like to donate to children right here in the Black Hills visit NC1.TV/CMN today.

Colin Gholson was born with autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD). This is a rare genetic disease affecting 1 in every 20,000 children. It causes the kidneys to not work properly leading to several possible health issues. Since many children with ARPKD do not live past pregnancy, Gholson’s parents were asked to prepare themselves in case their son did not make it. “The first couple of days after he was born his kidneys weren’t working and then for whatever reason they woke up,” says Gholson’s mother. When he was born Gholson was flown out to Sioux Falls to get treatment from a specialist, he spent sixteen days in the NICU in Sioux Falls and two months in the one here in Rapid City. The Children’s Miracle Network has helped Gholson’s family with travel expenses such as the drives to a specialist in Minneapolis when he was younger and now to Sioux Falls for continued treatment.

Now a Junior in Highschool, Gholson is involved in a lot, including cross country, German club, and environmental club. Gholson has a passion for the weather and one day hopes to work at the national weather service or become a storm chaser.

If you would like to donate to children right here in the Black Hills visit NC1.TV/CMN today.

 

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