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Oct. 1, 2007

Muscatine family plans fundraiser for UI Children's Hospital

The family of a child who received care at University of Iowa Children's Hospital in Iowa City will hold a Children's Miracle Bowl-a-Thon from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Plamor Lanes, located at 1411 Grandview Ave. in Muscatine. The event will celebrate the first birthday of Hope Hendriks, daughter of Nicolas and Allyson Hendriks.

Hope's birth on Oct. 27, 2006, seemed to be progressing normally until doctors realized that her hand and fingers were emerging before her head. After her delivery Hope had to be resuscitated for about five minutes. Once she was breathing, she started to have seizures, which were eventually calmed with some medication.

The next day, Hope's parents were told that Hope could have minimal to severe brain damage because of the seizures and may develop cerebral palsy. However, test results offered a brighter picture. After Hope spent 12 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, her parents were able to take her home with just some medication.

"Hope is definitely a living miracle," said Allyson Hendriks. "I am happy to organize this event to benefit University of Iowa Children's Hospital. They took such good care of my daughter, Hope, and my entire family during this very scary and fragile time in our lives. She's truly an inspiration to give back to those who helped us so much."

All proceeds will remain in the local region to benefit critically ill and injured children. Just last year, UI Children's Hospital cared for 4,866 patients from Muscatine County alone. More than 150,000 children receive care at UI Children's Hospital each year from across Iowa and the nation.

There is still time to join the fun at this year's Bowl-a-Thon. Sponsorship opportunities are available for $200 a lane or participants may bowl as individuals for $50, which can be raised through pledges. For more information, contact Ashly Brown with Children's Miracle Network at 319-335-8484 or Allyson Hendriks at 563-299-6375.

UI Children's Hospital serves children and their families at its main campus in Iowa City and satellite clinics in communities throughout the region. A 180-bed "hospital within a hospital," UI Children's Hospital benefits from the sophisticated services and comprehensive resources of UI Hospitals and Clinics. Child magazine ranks UI Children's Hospital among the top 20 children's hospitals in the nation.

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Children's Miracle Network is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to generating funds and awareness programs to benefit children treated at 170 children's hospitals throughout the United States and Canada. Children's Miracle Network also includes 75 corporate sponsors, 200 television stations and more than 135 radio stations.

For more information about how to help UI Children's Hospital, contact Lisa Baum or Michelle Altmaier with Children's Miracle Network at 319-335-9003.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACTS: Ashly Brown, Children's Miracle Network, 319-335-8484,; Tom Moore, Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, 319-356-3945,