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Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Names Five Local Kids CMN Hospitals Heroes

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Names Five Local Kids CMNH Heroes

Alysta King Alysta King
Caitlyn Gruenwald Caitlyn Gruenwald
Sebastion Bishop Sebastion Bishop
Tanner Winjum Tanner Winjum
Zoey Lollar Zoey Lollar
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, through Gundersen Medical Foundation, have named five people as  Children's Miracle Network Hospitals 2014-2015 Heroes.

At first, doctors thought Alysta King, of Rushford, MN, had appendicitis.  Then the tests came back, and doctors told Alysta and her mother Tara that Alysta had Burkitt's lymphoma, a type of cancer that affects the lymphatic system. Alysta started treatment immediately after diagnosis, going into chemotherapy with her motto "give your all."

Now Alysta is in remission.  It's all thanks to her attitude, doctors and staff at Gundersen Health System, and the support that Children's Miracle Network Hospitals gave to her and her family.  Alysta went into her first round of chemotherapy with a smile on her face and her head held high.  During her treatment she became close with her doctors, nurses, and therapy dogs at Gundersen Health System.  Children's Miracle Network gave Alysta's family meal vouchers and gas cards, and organized a photo shoot for Alysta where she had her hair and makeup done.  

Alysta's latest PET scan showed no signs of lymphoma.  Tara said her family's prayers have been answered.

When she grows up, Caitlyn Gruenwald wants to be a doctor.  She wants to help kids like her.  Caitlyn was diagnosed after birth with CLOVES (Congenital, Lipomatous Overgrowth, Vascular malformations, Epidermal nevi and Spinal anomalies).  The syndrome causes parts of her body to be enlarged.  During birth, the doctor broke her right arm in order to get her out, and then had to work to get her breathing again.

Caitlyn is from Altoona, Wisconsin, and had to travel hours for specialty care.  Children's Miracle Network Hospitals helped the Gruenwalds with travel expenses.  They also helped Caitlyn with specialized equipment to help her get better.  

Caitlyn said she loves swimming, the Packers, and her little brother.

Sebastian Bishop plays baseball, runs cross country, and does karate, and the middle schooler does these activities despite the challenges that come with Type 1 diabetes.  Sebastian has to constantly monitor his blood sugar.  Low blood sugar causes him to feel disoriented and weak.  High blood sugar causes nausea, thirst, and an inability to concentrate.  When his levels are too low or too high, Sebastian gives himself insulin.  

Even with a bit more to manage than the average teen, Sebastian finds time to volunteer at the YMCA, exercise, and excel at school.  Sebastian won Onalaska Middle School's Mountaineer award for achievement in academics, arts, community service and wellness.

Sebastian has also been to Diabetic Camp, an experience that was funded by the Children's Miracle Network.  Sebastian's parents said the camp allowed him to connect with kids who were going through the same things.

Tanner Winjum has atrioventricular (AV) canal heart defect and pulmonary hypertension.  He was born premature and has Down syndrome.  In a lot of ways though, he's an average kid.  He likes SpongeBob, Iron Man, and Kung Fu Panda.  He likes going to music class at school.  

Still, Tanner has been seeing Gundersen pediatric cardiologist Susan MacLellan since his birth.  Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has supported Tanner and his family through their journey.  They provided meal vouchers and gas cards, special infant formula, and an iPad to help his development.

The Winjums said that Children's Miracle Networks helps with the little things, but that little things can add up to big things without the support that CMN provides.  Tanner is from Caledonia, MN.

Zoey Lollar is three years old.  She lives in La Crosse, and loves swinging, riding her bike, and visiting neighbors.  Since her birth though, Zoey has beaten all odds.  Zoey has Pierre Robin Sequence (PRS), which makes it difficult to breathe.  Doctors told her that she would never walk.  She has undergone over 20 surgeries, including having her jaw broken in order to expand her airway.  Zoey also has hearing loss, a seizure disorder, and vision problems.  Despite PRS, Zoey's parents say the three year old is strong, fun-loving, and outgoing.  

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has supported Zoey's family through meals, lodging, and paying other travel expenses.  CMN gave the family an iPad to help them stay in touch through all the travel.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, through Gundersen Medical Foundation, have named Alysta, Caitlyn, Sebastian, Tanner, and Zoey as Children's Miracle Network Hospitals 2014-2015 Heroes.

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