Lottery Director Goes Bald for a Good Cause
A Unique Jackpot
Hayden, whose mother Kami works for the Wisconsin Lottery, has Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome (or WAS), a rare genetic autoimmune disease that is fatal if not treated. Recently, he became the first WAS patient to undergo a stem cell transplant at American Family Children's.
Only 50 handmade tickets were sold with a digitally altered image showing what Edmonds' head would look like bald. The tickets sold quickly, with one lucky person winning the chance to shave Edmonds' hair off. By the afternoon, more than $400 was raised and Edmonds was bald.
"My co-workers have made it possible for me to be with my son when he needs me most, and I'm so grateful for their support," said Blatter.
Crawford was in Madison as the honorary chair of Kids With Courage IV, a reunion honoring current and former pediatric oncology patients who received care through UW Health's pediatric oncology department. During her visit she toured American Family Children's Hospital and brought gifts to the patients and their siblings.
"[Rick and I] have grown up with Cindy as a supermodel, so we were happy to meet and talk with her. The stuffed animals that both Hayden and Abby were given were a hit!" said Blatter.
During the course of Hayden's stay at American Family Children's, the Child Life program provided video phones so he and Abby could see and talk to each other while he is in the hospital. According to Blatter, they are grateful for the program as it has made such a positive difference for the whole family during Hayden's stay.
In late July, Hayden returned home and the Blatters continue to wait to see how Hayden's body will respond to the transplant. They are grateful for the love and support of family, friends and co-workers.
"He has a long road yet, but we have great doctors and nurses that make sure things go well," concluded Blatter, "We are so thankful to have a great hospital so close to our home."
Date Published: 08/22/2008