Miracle Monday: A look back at the miracles of 2019

Baby Willow was born weighing less than a pound

SPOKANE, Wash. — A baby born weighing less than a pound defied the odds. A little boy battling cancer celebrated the end of treatment. A young girl found joy in art from her hospital bed.

Those are just a few of the stories 4 News Now was able to share from Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital last year. As we look ahead to the start of the new year, we want to take a look back at some of the miracles of 2019.


A baby’s milestones are always special. But for little Willow, they are even more so.

She was born at Sacred Heart weighing less than one pound. Her family said it was a journey, but one worth taking.

4 News Now got to meet Willow in April. Now, she’s a joyful one-year-old saying her words with no oxygen tubes in sight.

“As long as she keeps fighting, we’re going to keep fighting with her. For her.”

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Sean Dempsy is also a little fighter.

Cancer treatment is now behind him. While he looks forward to the adventures ahead, he still recalls some of the programs he loved at Sacred Heart.

“He remembers it as being a fun place to play and get gifts and watch the superhero window washers come down the side of the building. That’s his experience,” said his father Sam.

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Kellan Anderson has his own milestone to celebrate. He got to ring the bell that signifies the end of his cancer treatment.

His parents said they were grateful for the staff and outreach programs at Sacred Heart.

“I don’t think you realize it’s there until you’re living through this and you see the support and it makes you feel so good,” Kellan said.

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Creativity got Corey Garcia through a hard time.

The hospital’s art therapy program kept her busy while her leg healed.

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All of those hospital programs and specialized treatments rely on donations. Money given to Children’s Miracle Network here, stays in Spokane and helps children at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital.