05/06/2014

Brody Wilmoth representing WVU Children’s Hospital in Speedway’s 2014 Battle of the Brave

Winning hospital receives $20,000

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A click of a mouse button could help WVU Children’s Hospital win a $20,000 donation from Speedway’s 2014 Battle of the Brave.

During the month of May, you can vote for your favorite local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital – each represented by a brave Miracle Child. The hospital with the most votes at the end of the month will win a $20,000 donation. Speedway will also be awarding a second place prize of $10,000 on behalf of Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and a third place prize of $5,000.

Since 1991, Speedway has contributed more than $60 million to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, touching the lives of more than 17 million children each year. Battle of the Brave is about the struggle these Miracle Children – and thousands of others like them – face each and every day.

Brody Wilmoth of Morgantown is representing WVU Children’s Hospital, the only Children’s Miracle Network hospital in West Virginia, in the Battle of the Brave.

Deedee and Brent Wilmoth had been married for 13 years and suffered four miscarriages before they finally had Brody, their miracle child.

Despite being labeled as high risk, Deedee wasn’t expecting Brody to arrive early when she made it past the 16-week mark of her pregnancy. But, at 27 weeks, she entered into pre-term labor and delivered Brody by emergency cesarean section two days later.

Brody was born weighing a tiny 2 lbs. 10 oz. and measuring 14 inches long, which was pretty big for his gestational age but not good enough for his fragile lungs. On his second day of life, Brody suffered a pulmonary hemorrhage, and his parents nearly lost him.

During his 12 weeks and one day at WVU Children’s Hospital, Brody survived infections, blood transfusions, and serious reflux.

Today, Brody is a healthy, happy kindergartener who loves playing with Legos and video games and going to lunch with friends.

To vote for WVU Children’s Hospital, visit www.facebook.com/speedwaystores. In order to vote, participating voters must first “like” the Speedway fan page on Facebook. Voters must be 18 years of age or older at the time of entry and must have a valid personal Facebook account. Eligible voters are limited to one vote per hospital per hour. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on May 31.

WVU Children’s Hospital – located on the sixth floor of Ruby Memorial, WVU Healthcare’s flagship hospital – provides maternal, infant and pediatric care for West Virginia and the surrounding region, giving care to high-risk mothers, premature infants and children with life-threatening conditions through adolescence to adulthood. For information on WVU Children’s Hospital, see www.wvukids.com.

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For more information:
Angela Jones-Knopf, News Service Coordinator, 304-293-7087
knopfa@wvuhealthcare.com
ajk: 05-05-14

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