Miracle Monday: Gonzaga fundraiser benefits local hospital

Miracle Monday: Gonzaga fundraiser benefits local hospital

There is a new machine that will make it easier and faster for doctors to treat some of the tiniest patients at Spokane’s Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital.

The portable X-ray machine is impressive in itself, but how it got to Sacred Heart it an incredible story, too. Gonzaga University alumna and former Zagathon fundraising chair Lauren Tham said it all came down to teamwork.

“It’s incredible to see what just a little bit of teamwork can really do,” Tham said.

The teamwork that Tham referred to came from a group of passionate Gonzaga students, their friends, family, and strangers. They all came together for a yearlong fundraiser called Zagathon. The cause culminated with an eight hour long dance marathon. It was all to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network.

“This year we raised a little bit over $70,000,” Tham said.

The money raised helped pay for the newest machine on Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The state-of-the-art portable X-ray machine will stay on the NICU floor. Sacred Heart Assistant Nurse Manager Tami Weimer said it’s designed to minimize radiation exposure and decrease discomfort for the little patients.

“It’s a smaller component for us to be able to get into the smaller spaces we have for our babies and it will just provide easier transition for our little, tiny patients,” Weimer said. “It’ll impact pretty much every patient that comes through our NICU at Sacred Heart.”

Teamwork and generosity will help give babies their best shot at a healthy life.

“The philanthropy is a lifeline for us in the NICU. The equipment we use on our little patients is pretty high end and is very expensive. So, without the philanthropy help of CMN and things with Gonzaga helping us with the Zagathon and donating money to us, we wouldn’t be able to provide the quality of care that we do.”