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Team Snyder

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As many of you know, Children’s Hospital here in Columbus has been our home away from home since Avery was diagnosed with Leukemia six months ago and it is a pretty special place.  Children's is committed to treating all children (who come from all 50 states and 60 countries worldwide) regardless of their family’s ability to pay, which cannot be achieved without community support and generosity.  
Everyone here from the folks at the front desk, to the doctors, to the team who makes sure we have a clean room is caring, sensitive and kind.  From a direct care perspective, we interact with the nurses most and they are amazing.  The care they have given Avery has been nothing short of remarkable.  One of the most common, but challenging, aspects of that care is drawing blood and giving medicine and fluids to these kiddos through an IV.  Accessing patients’ veins for the IV can be very difficult because these kids have little, and often hidden, veins to begin with, tense up, don’t breathe, aren’t hydrated enough and are scared (Avery checks all these boxes).  When the nurses feel there is a particularly challenging access they call the Vascular Access Team (“VAT”) for assistance.  The VAT specializes in accessing patients throughout the hospital.
One tool the VAT uses is a portable ultrasound machine to see the veins better.  This ensures they put the needle in the right place, at the right angle and the right depth on the first try.  It is heart wrenching to see (and hear) a child, and the nurse(s) trying to access that child, go through unsuccessful access attempts; a scene often worse than the underlying reason the child is being seen in the first place.  Witnessing just one unsuccessful access attempt quickly illuminates the need for the VAT. 
Children's only has two of these ultrasound machines for the entire hospital.  Our first VAT experience occurred in the emergency department and when they told me they only had two I assumed they meant in the emergency department.  Nope, for the whole hospital: twelve floors and hundreds of patients (dozens of whom may need access at any given time).  This means potentially very long waits for the VAT to get to your child, or the possibility a particular test or treatment can’t wait and the nurses will have to "poke around" which is obviously not ideal.
At a minimum, the VAT needs a third ultrasound machine so that is what we are fundraising for.  (I happen to think they need about seven, but that's neither here nor there.)  It costs $30,000 which is obviously a lot of money so it might take us a while, but we can do it.  I know Gavin is planning to sell golf balls next weekend that will probably give us about $5.00 (and Logan is considering adding a VAT surcharge to her summer babysitting rate ).  Seriously, we are thrilled with any donation and so appreciative of all the support we have received from friends and family near and far.
Donations are tax-deductible and will be acknowledged by Nationwide Children’s Foundation.
Thank you and all the love! 
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