For Mallory Crowe, every day brings improvement.
At 9 months old, she suffered her first seizure, with a few more occurring in the following months. A severe seizure occurred three years later, which forced her into the hospital for about a week, said her mother, Kim Crowe, of Evans.
Mallory ended up on a respirator in the intensive care unit and developed viral meningitis.
Mallory has not let her illness slow her down. While she requires speech and physical therapy twice a week and occupational therapy once a week, she still attends school and participates in extracurricular activities, Kim said.
Because of the assistance Mallory has received from the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, her family didn’t hesitate to agree when Mallory was asked to participate in the 27th Annual Children’s Miracle Network telethon.
“They helped us out so much with her, and the biggest thing is they helped us understand,” said her father, Kevin.
“We’ve always gotten great support from everybody and anything we needed. They were more than willing to help us get what we needed for her.”
Mallory is one of several children who will be featured during the telethon, which will be broadcast from noon to 6 p.m. today on WRDW-TV News Channel 12, said Catherine Stewart, the Children’s Miracle Network development coordinator.
Last year, the telethon raised $858,000 for projects throughout the hospital, including summer camps for patients.
“We have five different camps and outings that we offer kids that are 100 percent done through fundraising dollars,” Stewart said. “These are camps that kids normally (can’t attend), but here we have a medical staff that goes to our campgrounds with them.”
As for Mallory, the telethon is just another opportunity for her to get attention, which she adores, Kim said.
“Her disposition is as happy as any child you’ll ever meet,” Kevin said. “Her life, while it’s difficult for us as her family to see what she’s gone through, it’s all that she knows. As far as she knows, everybody goes through this.
“She’s extremely outgoing (and has) never met a stranger ... because her life has been filled with strangers.”