“While playing on a travel soccer team, my goalie son was hit in the abdomen by an opposing player. Under normal circumstances, it wouldn’t have been a big deal, but Cade had a horseshoe kidney — an anomaly where instead of having two functioning kidneys, he had one kidney functioning as two connected in his anterior abdomen,” Leah Roberts said. “When he was hit, his kidney fractured against his spine and tore his abdominal artery where he suffered massive internal bleeding. He was transfused 11 times. ... We took him to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite where after four surgeries, three weeks total stay — two weeks in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and a summer of physical and occupational therapy — he is now the starting goalie at Cartersville Middle School.”
The Woodland High School English teacher credits CHOA with saving Cade’s life. Through Wildcats 4 Kids, a club she founded at the school, she hopes to give back to the hospital.
“The doctors and nurses were amazing. They saved my son’s life, so in an effort to give back to CHOA, I started this club at my school to raise money for CHOA/Children’s Miracle Network,” Roberts said.
The club will host a dance marathon Saturday at the school to raise money for CHOA.
“Last year, we raised over $3,000 and this year’s goal is $5,000. Right now we are about $500 away from our goal ...,” Roberts said.
Scheduled for 5 to 10 p.m. Friday at Woodland High, the event will feature a dance marathon; T-shirts; performances by the C.A.T.S. drama group, Fellowship of Christian Athletes worship band, competition cheerleaders; and more. Tickets are $15.
Miracle families will be on hand to share their stories with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
“... My hope is that for one day all three high schools will join together to do a Cartersville-wide dance marathon to support Children’s. I think Bartow County would only reap the benefits of what determined young people can do,” Roberts said.
Formed in 1998, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta came about when Egleston Children's Health Care System and Scottish Rite Medical Center combined to form one of the largest pediatric systems in the country, according to the hospital’s website, www.choa.org.
For more information on Wildcats 4 Kids, visit the groups Facebook page. For more information on CHOA or to donate, visit www.choa.org.