More about Cars Curing Kids:
Cars Curing Kids is a group of car collectors and auto enthusiasts who are committed to supporting pediatric surgery and research. The group was founded by Dr. Peter Nichol, a pediatric surgeon at AFCH when he was inspired by one of his patients, McKenah. Dr. Nichol has a passion for cars and hoped others with the same passion might be interested in using cars to raise money for research, especially for diseases that aren’t common and significantly underfunded. In 2014, Dr. Nichol formed a board of car collectors/enthusiasts to launch Cars Curing Kids.
It began with McKenah: McKenah never got a fair shot. Her birth mother never received the prenatal care she needed. As a result, she came into this world 12 weeks before she was ready. Shortly thereafter, she acquired a severe infection of the intestine. In a matter of days, 98 percent of the intestine was gone. The intensity of the inflammation from the infection in her three pound, little body damaged her brain and would leave her unable to even sit up when other kids her age were walking. McKenah would never be able to use her words because she would never talk. Kris was McKenah’s neonatal nurse and took care of her almost every day for the first four months of her life. When McKenah had no home to go to, Kris became her foster mom and then adopted her. Kris’s other kids loved McKenah or McKenley as they referred to her. No one was under the illusion that McKenah would live a long or normal life, so they didn’t hold back. For more than three years after she left the hospital, they took her everywhere—swimming with dolphins in the Keys, boat rides on the Madison lakes and endless rides in the stroller when Kris was out running. At the age of three, McKenah died at home, loved but a life devastated by a disease that is largely preventable.
How you can help: At the American Family Children’s Hospital our pediatric surgeons and researchers are working on cures for numerous childhood diseases, including McKenah’s disease. In order to continue to advance research, we have partnered with numerous auto enthusiasts to create a series of Cars Curing Kids events. You can join Cars Curing Kids in the fight against diseases like McKenah’s by becoming a board member, hosting or attending an event or making a donation to American Family Children’s Hospital through our website. For more information about Cars Curing Kids please visit www.carscuringkids.org.