Victoria LaRen is our 2012 Vermont Children’s Miracle Network Champion.

Victoria LaRen is our 2012 Vermont Children’s Miracle Network Champion.

Hey y’all, it is Victoria LaRen the 2012 Champion and I am here to tell you how The Big Change Roundup has impacted not only me and my experiences at the hospital, but other patients also.

I first got involved with The Big Change Roundup eight years ago and as soon as I learned where all the money went I was sold on fundraising.

The The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital not only saved my life, but changed it for the better. I would not be who I am today without the hospital constantly on my mind. I have been in and out of the hospital for ten years now and at first it was quite scary, there were blank white walls, no televisions and just single bedrooms with one chair. Honestly, it was very intimidating, but now when you walk into any room in the hospital you see painted walls with characters and artwork hung up and light panels of the sky.

Every cent that is raised not only goes to the look and feel of the rooms, but also our special Monty the Moose stuffed animal. Personally, every time I got a Monty I felt secure. Being six years old I had something to call my own and to always be there right beside me, in my arms, every step of the way.

Also, who could forget the amazing staff? Every nurse, doctor, specialist, surgeon and child life specialist who saw me treated me like one of their own.

The Big Change Roundup is a great campaign and although it is a lot of work, in the end all the work pays off, literally. Without the Big Change Roundup I honestly do not know what I would be doing today. The hospital now is so inviting and the staff is just the icing on the cake. I have had many sick friends who had to stay in the hospital and never had one complain about how they felt while they were there, or that the room was just scary to stay in. Many of my friends are also involved in Big Change Roundup with me: they love helping and the cause.

For me, the best thing about The Big Change Roundup is how everyone is so passionate about raising the money. Each person has their own goal and their own reason to help, and, whether or not they live with a serious illness like me, they are so kind and understanding. The people are what really make The Big Change Roundup possible and for that I thank everyone who helped make everything we have accomplished possible.

Victoria LaRen is our 2012 Vermont Children’s Miracle Network Champion.  To learn more about how to participate in this year’s Big Change Roundup for Kids, which benefits The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital and kids like Victoria, please visit: http://www.bigchangeroundup.org/ or our Facebook event page. This year’s Roundup is taking place through March 11, 2013!   

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