Outer Banks Ace is asking for community assistance throughout the month of July to help area children receive the care and attention they need from the local Children’s Miracle Network hospital, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk.
Playrooms, classrooms, red wagon rides, and bedside visits from furry friends — this isn’t your normal hospital. While children are the minority in most hospitals, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD) is designed specifically to care for youth patients.
CHKD is the facility of choice for pediatric care in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. According to CHKD, more than 12,000 children from northeast North Carolina were treated last year — local children from our local small towns and local neighborhoods.
Whether a child needs hospitalization, ongoing care for a chronic illness, outpatient surgery or primary care, CHKD Health System provides the staff, facilities, and technologies that address the unique demands of childhood.
One such story is that of Zoe Deitemeyer.
Daughter of Kandi and Gary Deitemeyer of Elizabeth City, Zoe was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) at 2 1/2 years old.
“CHKD has been terrific with Zoe from the night of diagnosis and throughout her treatment,” said Kandi Deitemeyer. “The oncology clinic has been an integral and vital part of our lives. They [CHKD] have been incredible to us.”
Zoe currently has a “low-risk” diagnosis from her doctors and she will be finishing up her chemotherapy in August. Despite the battles, according to her parents, Zoe has maintained a beautiful spirit and, according to both her mom and dad.
“She loves being a girly girl. She enjoys gymnastics, praise and worship music, dance, playing princess and saving animals. If she had her way, she would be a ‘dancing vet’ when she grows up!” said Deitemeyer.
Outer Banks Ace is asking for the community’s assistance to help area children, like Zoe, receive the care and attention they need. Throughout the month of July, Outer Banks Ace will have many fun ways to raise money for the children of CHKD.
Outer Banks Ace will be asking for donations to CHKD at the register.
Outer Banks Ace has also set up special “wishing wells” at each store. As a customer places his or her spare change into the well, he or she can send a “well wish” of health to a local CHKD child.
Other Outer Banks Ace events to raise funds for CHKD throughout the month of July include the following:
June 29. Kitty Hawk. Bake sale.
July 6. Grandy. Hot dog sale.
July 19. Avon. Lemonade stand and bake sale
July 20. Elizabeth City. Customer Appreciation Event.
On July 20 and 21, customers who donate $5 at any of the seven Outer Banks Ace locations will receive a special blue Children’s Miracle Network bucket. Customers can then shop and receive 10 percent off anything he or she can completely fit into the bucket. (The discount is not valid on hot tubs, power tools, small appliances, and previously discounted merchandise. This offer is not valid in conjunction with any other discounts, coupons, sales or special offers. See store for details.)
One hundred percent of the donations raised throughout the promotion at any Outer Banks Ace location goes directly to Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.
Outer Banks Ace was started in 1950 by Burwell Evans, based on a tradition of providing excellent service for the people who live on and visit northeast North Carolina. Outer Banks Ace’s philosophy includes positive attitudes, dedication to customers, and good humor in addition to a clean, convenient and pleasant shopping experience. Outer Banks Ace has always been based in the community and has been a strong advocate in supporting the economy with local employees.