Tree lighting & radiothon celebrate Christmas at the Castle

Benefit events Dec. 3, 5 & 6 ring in holidays for the whole family

Chad Spartz wears a stocking cap and holds his infant son Jeff, wearing a plush red crown in front of the Christmas tree at the Sanford Children's Castle of Care.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Bundle up and bring out the entire family for the annual Christmas at the Castle presented by Henry Carlson Construction. Every dollar raised will benefit Sanford Children’s Miracle Network to help care for kids, close to home.

  • When: Dec. 3 from 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Where: The front lawn of the Sanford Children’s Castle of Care, 1600 W. 22nd St., Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • What to expect: Watch the official lighting of the Christmas tree in front of the Castle of Care, meet princesses and superheroes, indulge at the hot cocoa and snack bars and purchase special ornaments and Sanford Children’s Miracle Network merchandise.

Radiothon for Kids

Later this week, tune in and be inspired during the Midwest Communications Radiothon for Kids presented by Seykora Remodeling.

  • When: Dec. 5 and 6 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m
  • Tune in: Big Country 92.5, Kelo-FM 101.9, New Q95.7 and KRRO 103.7
  • Come see us in person: Carlson Great Hall at the Sanford Children’s Hospital

Please consider making a gift today to help kick off the fundraising efforts for the radiothon at Every gift will stay local to create more miracles for kids who count on Sanford Children’s, the region’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Miracles on 22nd Street

As Jacinda and John Tracy prepared to welcome their first child, due in June 2019, they never imagined their little girl would arrive four months earlier than expected.

Braelynn Tracy was born on Feb. 15 at just 23 weeks, weighing less than a pound. Babies born that early have about a 50 percent survival rate, but Braelynn’s small size of just 11 ounces made her chances even worse.

“There were some scary times when we didn’t think we were going to get out of here,” John Tracy said.

After a long journey and six months of lifesaving care, Braelynn became the smallest baby to ever graduate from the Sanford Children’s Boekelheide Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Sioux Falls.

Sanford Children’s Miracle Network and its many generous donors have been there making miracles possible for families like the Tracys. From Braelynn’s first breaths in the NICU to her ongoing treatment, donors have:

  • Helped purchase state-of-the-art equipment that gave Braelynn a chance to grow after she was born too early
  • Provided direct family assistance and meal vouchers for Jacinda and John during Braelynn’s 191 days in the NICU
  • Supported the expert care that helps Braelynn continue to thrive

Braelynn is now 8 months old, and while she routinely needs care at Sanford Children’s Hospital, she has come so far from her first days in the NICU.

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