Gholson family advocates for Children’s Miracle Network
The Gholson family of Rapid City saw firsthand how the funds donated to the Chlidren's Miracle Network are used. Colin who is 17 years old now spend months in the NICU and they are grateful for every moment that helped his first days of life.
17 years ago, the Gholson family found themselves in a compromised situation.
Jennifer was beginning in the third trimester of pregnancy with Colin and the ultrasound indicated suspicious activity in regard to Colin’s kidney function.
They were sent to Sioux Falls to see a specialist and Jennifer was put on bedrest for 5 weeks.
She was induced at 36 weeks and Colin was taken immediately for evaluation.
Jennifer Gholson, Colin’s mom, says, “I didn’t even see him but for the split second before they whisked him off and I didn’t see him for probably 14/16 hours.”
Colin had a kidney disease – a genetic mutation that affects his kidneys and liver function.
They didn’t get to hold their baby until 5 days later. He spent 2 months in the neonatal intensive care unit at Monument Health in Rapid City, forming close bonds with nursing staff and doctors over that time, who were there to support the ups and downs of their stay in the hospital.
Jennifer adds, “There is this comfort level and trust that gets built up with the that work there, because the longer you are there, the more you get to know them as a person, not just a caregiver.”
In the past, the Gholson’s had volunteered for Children’s Miracle Network – then the time came when they saw the funds in action, when Colin was in the NICU.
Sean Gholson, Colin’s dad, says, “You know the bassinets, the warmers, all the equipment, the rocking chairs, everything that is provided by CMN. And it’s just a great organization and one that we really believe in, we’ve been a pat of it for a long time and you know, you never want to have to use the funds, but they are there when you need them.”
Colin’s condition has been stable over the years, but may need a kidney transplant in the future but that’s not stopping Colin from helping CMN help others. He was the 2020 CMN Champion and will continue his outreach for the organization this year and beyond.
Colin says, “I’ve always known CMN and it’s always been a part of my life. I just know that it really helps out other families that really need the help. And it’s really just for a good cause.”
When he’s not at doctor visits, Colin enjoys cross country, track, playing in jazz band and drum line and playing the piano.