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Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to honor Edgecombe County native Waylon Denny at the 33rd annual Celebration Broadcast on June 1 and June 3

May 30, 2018 posted by Beth Anne Atkins

GREENVILLE, N.C. – In 2016, Waylon Denny was born pre­maturely at 23 weeks, weighing only 1.4 pounds. He spent the first 298 days of his life in the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center (VMC) – first in the neonatal intensive care unit, then in the special care nursery and finally in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). While in the PICU, he was placed on a heart and lung bypass machine, known as ECMO, for 10 days.

At six months old, Waylon had to have a tracheotomy and gastronomy tube inserted to help him breathe and eat. He still has the tracheotomy collar where he is connected to a ventilator at night and moni­tored by several disciplines at Maynard Children’s Hospital. His family says he is a fighter and surprises doctors every day with how fast he is developing.

“He is nothing but pure excitement and joy. He beat the odds of being born at 23 weeks. He beat the odds of coming off of ECMO,” said Sara Denny, Waylon’s mom. “He is a true miracle.”

This year’s Celebration Broadcast will be held on June 1 and 3, and will recognize the brave children and families who endured serious illness with heart and courage. The broadcast is aired by longtime partner, WITN and will celebrate these courageous kids and the thousands of children in eastern North Carolina who’ve received treatment at Maynard Children’s Hospital.

“Caring individuals, community groups, businesses and others show how much they care about children by providing generous contributions to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In eastern North Carolina, this generosity enables the Maynard Children’s Hospital, located in Greenville and serving 29 counties, to see beyond obvious treatment and save more lives,” said Myra Bowen, chair, Vidant Health Foundation Board of Trustees. “The care and high-quality treatment received here will continue into the future through this year’s amazing donors.”

This year, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals are celebrating recoveries like Waylon’s made possible by the life-saving care generous donations help to provide. Thanks to the generosity of eastern North Carolina, thousands of children receive the specialized medical care they needed, bringing them, and their families, the gift of hope and healing. Because of this support, the team at VMC can ensure they have the best care possible.

The 2018 Miracle Children’s stories highlight just a few examples of the amazing care offered every day at Maynard Children’s Hospital. Joining Waylon as 2018 Miracle Children are: Josiah Corey, 3, Beaufort County; Camron Yopp, 15, Onslow County; and Amelia Evans, 4, and Caleb Woodley, 17, of Pitt County.

The local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising program is staffed and supported by the Vidant Health Foundation, the non-profit charitable corporation that serves as the custodian for all financial gifts and bequests to Vidant Health. The Vidant Health Foundation oversees allocation of all donated funds.

Media contact:  Beth Anne Atkins, Vidant Health Foundation, 252-847-7695 or




Televised on WITN

  • 8 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. – June 1
  • 7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. – June 3

Call 252-847-5437 or 1-800-673-5437 or visit to donate online.

About Vidant Health

Vidant Health is a mission-driven, 1,512-bed health system that annually serves more than 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. The not-for-profit system is made up of more than 12,500 employees, eight hospitals, home health, hospice, wellness centers, and Vidant Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician and provider group with more than 500 providers in more than 90 locations in eastern North Carolina. Vidant is affiliated with The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. As a major resource for health services and education, Vidant has a mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina. For more information, visit  

About Vidant Health Foundation

The Vidant Health Foundation is an independent, non-profit, tax-exempt, and charitable organization that serves as custodian for all financial gifts and bequests to Vidant Health. It is the mission of the foundation to support the Vidant Health mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Caroling through advocacy and securing philanthropic resources.

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