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Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to honor Sierra Scott, 13, of Williamston, at the 32nd annual Celebration Broadcast

June 01, 2017 by Beth Anne Atkins

GREENVILLE, N.C. – The Scott family of Williamston does many things together, including working on the farm. When daughter Sierra Scott, 13, had trouble breathing, her parents thought she might be dehydrated, so they took her to the doctor just to be safe. Because her heart was beating fast, the doctor did several tests.

They made a shocking discovery – Sierra had a large tumor in her chest that was nearly the size of a tennis ball. It was connected to her chest cavity and neck lymph nodes, making her struggle for every breath. At the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center (VMC), doctors diagnosed Hodgkin disease and she remained hospitalized for more than two weeks while they determined the best treatment for her. Later, she underwent five chemotherapy cycles lasting several days, then completed two weeks of daily radiation. Almost immediately, the tumor began shrinking noticeably, and before long, it disappeared from view.

These days, Sierra is an active seventh grader who enjoys music, playing the clarinet, and cheering. She returned to school in December 2016.

Sierra’s recovery was made possible by life-saving care at VMC. Thanks to the generosity of eastern North Carolina, thousands of children receive the specialized medical care they need, bringing them, and their families, the gift of hope and healing. Because of the region’s unwavering support, these patients have access to the best possible care.

This year’s Celebration Broadcast will be held on June 2 and 4, 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 have received treatment at the Maynard Children’s Hospital.

The 2017 miracle children’s stories highlight just a few examples of the amazing care offered every day at Maynard Children’s Hospital. Their stories show the difference your gifts can make. In addition to Sierra, this Miracle Children include Wyatt Garab, 7, of Richlands in Onslow County; Braxton Manning, 1, of Havelock in Craven County; Rhettec Galaska, 11, of Greenville in Pitt County; and Jeremiah Seaberry, 11, of Dudley in Wayne County.

Once her treatment ended, Sierra resumed her favorite activities like swimming, and being outdoors.

“She is doing amazing,” her mom, Tina Scott, says. “Her hair’s back, her eyebrows, her eyelashes – everything.”

Tina and her husband, Edward Scott, credit Maynard Children’s Hospital with saving their little girl’s life.
“They are amazing,” she says. “They treat you like family, making sure to ask, if you need, or want, anything.”
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32nd ANNUAL CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK
CELEBRATION BROADCAST
Televised on WITN
8 - 11:30 p.m. – June 2
7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. – June 4

Call 252-847-5437 or 1-800-673-5437 or visit www.foundation.vidanthealth.com for more information.

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