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Drive for Miracles: McKenzie's story
Each day this week we are sharing stories of families greatly impacted by Golisano Children's Hospital.
And Friday we team up with 100.5 The Drive and WHAM 1180 for the Drive for Miracles fundraiser to tell amazing success stories and stories of brave battles that ended in loss.
The stories have one thing in common: families who want to give back to the hospital that did all it could for their kids kids like McKenzie Whipple.
Here is her story:
Nine months -- that pocket of time in which so many couples anxiously await a new life.
Destiny Burke was halfway through when she and her fianc found out there was a problem.
"When they came in to do the ultrasound, I instinctively knew something wasn't right," Destiny told us.
Her unborn daughter had hypoplastic left heart syndrome. That means, "Her left ventricle hadn't developed correctly."
McKenzie Whipple would spend most of her short life in Golisano Children's Hospital.
"They are wonderful, they take perfect care," Destiny said.
Even in those moments of crisis.
"I had nurses running down with pictures of my daughter to show to the people at the blood bank because she had used all the blood in the entire hospital to keep her alive just long enough to say goodbye to her they were showing pictures of her just so they knew she had a family I got three more months with her just because of that one incident."
Three months added to six.
Nine months in all -- not awaiting life, but living it.
"You're not likely to give to a hospital unless you're put through that you're going to wish you had given," Destiny said.
Because what they often can give you back is time.
Every year on McKenzie's birthday, her friends and family collect gifts for all age groups and Destiny donates them to the kids in the PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) at Golisano Children's Hospital.
A new Golisano Children's Hospital is under construction now.
13WHAM News is pledging to raise $350,000 dollars to help build it.
Our Jennifer Johnson wrote a blog explaining 13WHAM's goal.
You can go here to read it and donate.
All donations made through this link will help the 13WHAM effort to help the hospital.
And join us Friday as we team up with 100.5 The Drive and WHAM 1180 for the Drive for Miracles fundraiser to benefit the hospital.