Meet Elle Fischer, Miracle Child for Your “Cheers and Chocolates” Virtual Auction
Spoiler alert: She’ll inspire you. Register now to attend Cheers and Chocolates.
Elle Fischer is a sophomore in high school. She skis black diamond runs; has been wakeboarding since she was three; plays volleyball at school; acts in school plays; and plans to win a “buckle” with her horse, Trooper, in a gaming competition sometime soon. It’s fitting the horse is named Trooper, because Elle sure is one.
“Nothing holds her back,” said Angela Fischer, Elle’s mom. “When she’s riding Trooper, she becomes an 800-pound powerhouse and she fearlessly leads that horse through a barrel course without hesitation. We have no doubt this kid will continue on to do great things in life.”
Elle was born with hemifacial microsomia, a condition that affects the development of the lower half of her face. She’s had 13 surgeries to expand her jaw, and the biggest is yet to come, next year.
“It’s scary,” she says, but she knows she’ll be in good hands at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.
“They have great cafeteria food,” Elle jokes. “When you’re going for surgery, they make an otherwise horrible experience easier to go through.”
Elle has high praise for the healthcare workers, volunteers, and therapy animals. So does her mom.
“The cranial facial team has become like family to us,” said Angela. “Without them, Elle wouldn’t be with us today, thriving as a beautiful 15-year-old girl.”
Doernbecher is one of eight Children’s Miracle Network hospitals that will benefit when Elle takes center stage as the Miracle Child at the virtual auction, “Cheers & Chocolates — Coming Together for Credit Unions for Kids,” on Nov. 12 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. PST. Elle’s parents are members of Salem-based Maps Credit Union, which is sponsoring her as the Miracle Child. The auction is an annual tradition each fall, during which the Credit Union Movement comes together for Credit Unions for Kids.
In each of the eight Children’s Miracle Network hospitals serving Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, there are hundreds of families and thousands of healthcare workers pulling together, hoping for the best outcomes. Over the years, Credit Unions for Kids’ generosity has helped to fund research, medical supplies, and other crucial support for families when they need it the most.
You might be thinking life handed Elle lemons.
But she made lemonade. And mistletoe. By selling cool drinks in her hometown of Silverton, Oregon, each summer since she was 6 years old, and decorative mistletoe during the holidays, she’s raised more than $12,000 for her favorite children’s hospital.
“Seeing firsthand all the amazing things they are doing for kids made me want to start my own fundraisers to give back to the hospital that has given me so much,” Elle said.
You can help Elle.
“One of the packages we are excited to offer for bidding is a mistletoe stand, and all the supplies Elle will need to have a successful fundraiser next holiday season,” said Holly Miller, NWCUA’s Director of Programming. “We encourage our credit union family to give generously at Cheers and Chocolate.”
With the auction being virtual this year, Miller noted, you can attend from the comfort of your own home.
“We’re pleased to partner with Frichette Winery and The Chocolat Bar, two Northwest favorites, for this event,” Miller said. “Their experts will lead us in virtual tastings during the auction. Register by October 23, and we’ll ship the wine, chocolates, or both, to you in time for the credit union family’s special event.”
There are many customized registration options. Details can be found online.
Please contact Miller with questions about the auction.