We ride for kids.
100% of funding raised through Mary Bridge Children’s Courage supports one of the most impactful funds at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital & Health Network: Where the Need is Greatest. It's an unrestricted fund, available at the ready to support our children's greatest medical needs.
Children with injury, illness, disability or special needs know courage better than most. So do the people who step forward to help them. At Courage, we ride for all of our community’s children who need care and healing.
The Mighty Ellie: A Mary Bridge Children's Superhero
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Ellie Carter was born fighting.
Her mom, Megan Carter, went into labor just 20 weeks into her pregnancy. Fortunately, Ellie didn’t arrive for another few weeks. When she did, her doctors said she was too small to resuscitate — until she started kicking the neonatologist.
“She was brave right from that moment and has continued to be the bravest person I’ve ever known,” Carter says.
Ellie has been a patient at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital since she was 6 months old. Now at age 4, she visits Mary Bridge 200 out of 365 days per year to receive care for several medical conditions. Ellie gets four pokes per day; 1,460 pokes every year.
During one recent visit to Mary Bridge, she was surprised by her very own real-life superhero: Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.
Ellie’s providers at Mary Bridge include numerous people who all work together to provide Ellie with the care she needs, including donors in the community who make it possible for her to access programs such as:
- Pediatric Complex Care support team: A team that coordinates all of Ellie’s care and treatment and provides support to Ellie’s family.
- Child Life Services team: Specialists who care for Ellie’s social and emotional welfare through play and fun distractions.
- Mary Bridge Good Samaritan Children’s Therapy Unit: A center for children with special needs where Ellie receives orthotics (special shoes) and therapies.
- Family-centered intensive care: When Ellie needs to stay overnight at Mary Bridge, her mom or dad can sleep by her side.
- Financial assistance: Mary Bridge cares for all children, regardless of ability to pay.
Team Ellie also does everything they can to make sure her family has the support they need to be strong for Ellie.
“We spend a lot of time with our patients, a lot of time getting to know their brothers and sisters and their parents and their grandparents,” says Kristen Bishop, Ellie’s Child Life Specialist. “It’s pretty amazing that we can care for the entire family.”
Ellie’s dad, Andy, says they’re grateful for all Mary Bridge has done to help make Ellie’s quality of the life the best it can possibly be.
13 MILES TO LIFESAVING CARE AT MARY BRIDGE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL: HARVEY’S STORY
When a toddler named Harvey went into septic shock at Madigan Army Medical Center, Harvey’s only chance for survival was the life support and lifesaving care available at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.
No one was sure if Harvey would survive the 13 mile journey from Madigan to Mary Bridge — but it was certain he would not survive without trying. Watch his incredible story unfold.
We ride for kids suffering from abuse and neglect.
We ride for kids battling cancer.
We ride for kids with special needs.
We ride for kids living with chronic disease.
We ride for kids fighting for their lives.
We ride for kids.
And we ride with Courage.
For more than 60 years, Mary Bridge Children's has been a not-for-profit hospital that has counted on support from the community to fulfill its mission of providing care to all children, regardless of a family's ability to pay. Courage riders and donors are guardian angels for countless children and families in our area.
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