Seven years ago, a miracle child was born at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. She arrived 16 weeks early, weighed a scant 1 pound, 6 ounces, and was a foot long. Despite the odds stacked against her, the micro-preemie lived her first 99 days inside an incubator and on the 100th day, she came home.
Today, Camdyn is an 7-year-old "firecracker," whose health and energy belie her beleaguered start in life, according to her aunt, Kara Stidd of Wheeling.
Camdyn's mom, Erin Bachman, and her aunt Kara decided last year they would like to do something to give back to Ruby and to help babies like Camdyn continue to beat the odds. Their fundraiser, they decided, also should help local moms. So with their mom Linda Shelek's help, in August they held their first Moms Helping Moms Children's Community Sale to benefit the Children's Miracle Network at the West Virginia Children's Hospital at Ruby.
Banking on local moms’ desires to make a buck and save a buck, Wheeling moms Erin Bachman, left, and Kara Stidd founded the semi-annual Moms Helping Moms Children’s Community Sale, which will take place Saturday at the Mount Olivet United Methodist Church. Proceeds of the event will go to the Children’s Miracle Network to benefit the West Virginia University Children’s Hospital at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, where Bachman’s 7-year-old daughter, Camdyn, center, received life-saving care as a micro-preemie. With them in front of a sign in Bethlehem are Camdyn’s 4-year-old brother Tyler and 2-year-old cousin Avery.
The next date for the semi-annual sale is March 16. Doors will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mount Olivet United Methodist Church hall on W.Va. 88.
The sale allows people to sell their children's gently used clothing or toys. It's a win-win-win, the sisters said, because the sellers keep whatever money they make, local moms can find good quality clothing for low prices, and all the money raised through table fees, concessions, raffles and the dollar-per-person entry fee goes to the charity.
"It's turned out to be quite a large event. Last year, we had over 200 shoppers," Stidd said. They are hoping for more this year. Saturday's sale is a "full house" of 40 tables, she said.
Clothing items for sale will include maternity and children's sizes from newborn to youth size 14-16. A few vendors will be selling new handmade children's items such as Easter basket, tutus and hair bows, Stidd said.
For more information, call Stidd at 304-238-6800 or email momshelpingmoms2012 @gmail.com.