5th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament, Poker Run, and Auction
WOW!! What an awesome weekend! We had a wonderful turnout and even managed to get everything in before the rain!! THANK YOU to everybody who was part of the weekend! Remember if you didn't get the chance to donate or would still like to, you can mail/drop off money at Nelson's Landing!
Please make your checks out to Nelson's Landing Benefit!
This year the benefit was for Virginia Knopp and Haevyn Delanie Stoddard. Virginia Knopp was diagnosed with neuroendocrine carcinoma in the summer of 2005. She has spent the last eight years relatively symptom and pain free while being treated through The University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has been receiving chemotherapy since 2010. Things began to change for Virginia recently. Her cancer has grown in size and number of tumors and she has now developed congestive heart failure. Future treatments are unknown at this time. Virginia began volunteering at Riley County Grade School in 1993 when her daughter, Kmberly Knopp, started kindergarten there. She has been employed at the school since 1995 and remains a huge fan of all things Riley County!
After being a healthy, happy baby her first four months of life, Haevyn Delanie Stoddard (7 month old), daughter of Dustin and Brandie Stoddard of Manhattan, KS, became very ill and was rushed to the ER at Mercy Regional Health Center. A chest x-ray showed her heart to be enlarged and she was immediately flown by Life Star to Children's Mercy Hospital (CMH) in Kansas City. After a close overnight observation, the doctors attempted to place her on a ventilator to improve her labored breathing, but Haevyn's vitals dropped significantly during the procedure. Before she went into cardiac arrest, it was decided it would be in her best interest to be placed on full ECMO life support. She was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and possible myocarditis. It was recommended that her treatment should continue at St. Louis Children's Hospital (SLCH) at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, where they specialize in pediatric transplantation and have other methods of sustaining children that wait for their donor organ. After five days on ECMO, the SLCH transport team arrived by jet to transfer Haevyn to St. Louis. Dustin, Brandie and their oldest daughter, Ashlyn (4) made the six hour trip by ground. After giving her heart a few weeks to heal on its own in St. Louis, it was determined her heart had grown to sick and weak. Haevyn would need to be placed on a ventricular assist device (VAD) aka "Berlin Heart" in order to sustain until a heart donation was offered to her. On February 14, 2013, Haevyn received her Berlin Heart for Valentine's Day. The open heart procedure went well and she was able to rest and recover while on the VAD. This allowed her body to rehabilitate and grow strong as she waited for a heart to become available to her. Prayers had been answered... exactly four weeks later on March 14th a new heart was offered to Haevyn! The surgeon couldn't have been more pleased with how well she did during the 6 hour surgery. Haevyn and her family arrived home to Manhattan on Monday, April 1, 2013. They will continue Haevyn's post-transplant care with the medical team at CMH in Kansas City. She will undergo a number of biopsies to check for rejection and has to be on medications for the rest of her life.
If you are unable to join us on June 7th and 8th but would like to donate to help Virginia or Haevyn please contact Nelson's Landing - (785) 293 - 5661.
*** Don't forget to mark down in your 2014 calendars the second weekend in June for our 6th Annual Benefit!! We will keep you posted! ***