Girl with Cystic Fibrosis helps raise $85k for hospital

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 17, 2014
Sutton, 1, has cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder. Photo provided by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Sutton, 1, has cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder. Photo provided by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Sutton was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when she was five days old.

Sutton, 1, who lives with her parents Brittany and Jeff in greater Decatur, faces a lifetime of dangers, from dangerous lung infections, to obstructions of the pancreas. She currently receives treatment at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

On Dec. 11, Sutton participated in Star 94’s 12 Hours of Hope Radiothon, according to CHOA.

Sutton and other participants raised $85,545 for the hospital and the Children’s Miracle Network, a press release from CHOA says.

CHOA spokesperson Julie Holkeboer said the money, “will go a long way in helping Child Life at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta be bigger and better than ever, serving our hospitalized pediatric population – calming their fears and instilling confidence in them to conquer their hospital experiences.”

There will be many of those ahead for little Sutton. In addition to tackling the challenges of caring for a newborn, Brittany and Jeff have to make sure she takes numerous medications while undergoing breathing treatments and wearing a respiratory vest.

“As Sutton gets older, she will have to wear the vest for 30 minutes twice a day to help control her disease, eventually learning to manage the disease on her own,” Holkeboer said. “Until then, her parents will work to keep her healthy day in and day out. While there is no cure for CF, the (her parents) remain hopeful, and Children’s will be with them every step of the way.”

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