The one-day all-day event featured 27 co-ed teams and also included a best-dressed uniform contest and a team fundraising challenge. This is where people of all ages came together to raise money for child health care awareness in the Bismarck Mandan area.
The money will go directly to health services that will enhance the care of babies and kids in the region. This year the money is going to something that will improve childcare transportation specifically.
CHI St. Alexius Health Foundation, Kilee Harmon says, "This year we are fundraising to purchase a neonatal intensive care unit transport incubator which is medical equipment that our NICU transport team utilizes to go and reach the babies that are in the rural communities that need a higher level of health care services to bring them back to our NICU."
NCIU RN, Susan Dinga says, "I can't believe there is that many people out here supporting us to get that transport isolette. I think it’s just great having all the support in the community."
Dinga also got to meet with one of her patients, Levi Green. Green, who suffers from subgaleal hematoma, would not be here without the money raised from this tournament and the care from the people at St. Alexis's Health. Green's parents say the new transport incubator is essential.
Levi's mom, Jenny Green says, "Bringing them to where they need the extra care that is extremely important especially for two-hour rural communities. This is a big deal and we appreciate everyone's help in the fundraising."
The kickball tournament raised over $40,000 last year for kids like Levi. They are hoping raise another $5,000 by the end of the year. You can also donate to their cause on their website.
Aaron Fields Reporting