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Give 4 Kids raises over $58k for Children's Miracle Network

SPOKANE, Wash. - The generosity of the Spokane community was on full display Friday evening, as Give 4 Kids raised thousands of dollars for the Children's Miracle Network.

The two day event brought in more than $58,000.  All of the donations will help Sacred Heart Children's Hospital purchase life saving equipment and other needs for patients and families. 

In fact, on Friday, the hospital placed an order for five AccuVein devices.  The high tech equipment helps nurses and doctors find small veins in children. 

"We have a big pain free initiate here at Sacred Heart and that's just one more tool that kids, when they come to the children's hospital that they don't experience any pain," said Angie Kelleher with Children's Miracle Network.

Medical supplies purchased by CMN, helped save the life of 9-year-old Lauren Koder.

A few years ago, Koder was rushed to Sacred Heart Children's Hospital, where she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

"We walked in and the first person we saw when we got off the elevator was the chaplain and that was very, very scary, " said Lauren's mom, Abigail Franklin.

Lauren spent three weeks in the pediatric intensive care unit before she was well enough to go home.

Now, Lauren and her family are paying forward by sharing their story and encouraging people to donate to the Children's Miracle Network.

Lauren said her experience has now inspired her to dream big.  She wants to be a doctor when she grows up.