On a spectacular early summer night, a glittering gala at the Nemours Mansion and Gardens brought out more than 700 guests in formal dress – accounting for nearly a thousand dollars a person in funds raised for the world-renowned Nemours/Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children.
Nearly $600,000 was raised on June 15th to support innovative cerebral palsy programs and research at the institute, a new fundraising record for the Brandywine Hundred hospital. The evening included special guest Micah Fowler, the 20-year-old star of the hit ABC sitcom “Speechless,” who has received care for cerebral palsy at AI duPont since he was a boy.
“I want to show people to never give up on your dreams,” Fowler said. “No matter what, you can accomplish your goals.”
Another highlight of the affair was the recognition and welcoming of the new Cerebral Palsy Division Chief Dr. Wade Shrader and his family. Dr. Shrader recently joined the hospital after what Orthopaedics Chair Dr. William Mackenzie – who together with his wife Martha chaired the evening’s event – said was an extensive global search for a division head.
Dr. Shrader and his wife Carol have four children, two of whom are afflicted with the disabling condition, which the hospital says are a series of neurological disorders caused by abnormalities in parts of the brain that control muscle movement.
Photo credit: Stacey Zarro, unless otherwise noted.