Crusade donations help Shepherdsville family 'complete their portrait'

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by Melissa Swan

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 17 at 6:23 PM

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- You probably have a family portrait on your desk or wall; now imagine if one of those family members was missing.

The Donaldson family faced that real possibility when one child was born prematurely with little chance of survival. However, thanks to your donations to the WHAS Crusade for Children the Donaldson family portrait is complete.

Looking at the family photo album, Christy Donaldson said it takes her back to a scary time - the premature birth of her son, Nick. He weighed just over a pound when he was born and was placed on life support.

"They basically just told me there was a 10 percent chance that he could survive.  And, he was probably going to have a lot of health issues," she said.

Nick spent the first four months of his life in the neo-natal unit at Kosair Children's Hospital.  Over the years Kosair has received $27 million in grants from the Crusade.  Those grants have provided a trained staff and specialized medical equipment to help children like Nick at the most critical time of their lives.

These days, Nick is a student at Cedar Grove Elementary in Shepherdsville.  He's now 10-years-old, and except for minor asthma flare ups, he has no lingering side effects from being born prematurely.

Christy said Nick is a caring child who completes the Donaldson family portrait - a portrait realized thanks in part to everyone's generosity to the Crusade.

"I didn't know the meaning of Crusade until you come across situations like this,” Christy said.  

Christy said Nick is also quite the athlete. Last year he won trophies for playing football, but this year he said he chose to watch the games instead of play in them.
 

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