How Your CU4Kids Contributions Keep Giving

If you knew Elle Fischer has already endured 14 surgeries in her young life, you might think life handed her lemons. She’d argue differently because she’s made a lot of lemonade — and that has helped her to raise an incredible amount of money for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland.

Those who attended the NWCUA’s 2020 virtual “Cheers and Chocolates” auction for Credit Unions for Kids, will remember this dynamic young lady’s story. She was born with hemifacial microsomia, a condition that affects the development of the lower half of her face. The surgeries she’s had at Doernbecher, are helping to extend her jaw. None of those operations, long hospital stays, or recoveries has stopped her from leading her horse, Trooper, through the competitive barrel racing circuit, or from skiing expert-only ski runs,  wakeboarding, or giving back to Doernbecher. She raises money for the hospital by selling mistletoe in her hometown of Silverton, Oregon during the Christmas holidays, and by selling lemonade at the city’s annual July 4 event.

Last year, auction donors contributed to a package that gave Elle everything she needed for her holiday mistletoe sales and this summer’s lemonade stand. Since you saw her last, Elle raised another $5,350 for Doernbecher, bringing her total contributions over the years to $28,000.

What else has she been up to the past year? Well, she finished her sophomore year in high school, maintaining her straight-A GPA. Oh, and she picked up another active hobby as a member of her school’s swim team. This summer, she’s made some new friends and discovered a new love – milkshakes from a local coffee shop.

She has two surgeries to go before her jaw is normal, but that doesn’t faze her.

“It’s been a long journey with 14 surgeries so far, but I am excited to get these last two done and move forward with life,” Elle said.

That’s what your donations to Credit Unions for Kids do; they help children move forward with life.

The credit union family will again come together for Credit Unions for Kids this fall, during NWCUA’s MAXX Convention in Boise. While tickets for the Enchanted Northwest Gala dinner and live auction are sold out, there’s still time for you to contribute packages to the Silent Auction. Additionally, even if you can’t attend MAXX or the Auction dinner, you can still bid online for the silent auction items. Bidding is open Oct. 5 and 6 and is accessible to everyone. Click here for a ticket to the online auction registration (not needed if you’ve already registered to attend the dinner).

“Use your imagination to create a package that will get people excited about bidding,” said Holly Miller, NWCUA Director, Programming. “Maybe you put together a night at a local theater that includes tickets, popcorn, and drinks. Or put together a basket from a locally-owned gift shop.”

No ideas? No problem. NWCUA has posted links to several Northwest businesses you can consider purchasing a donation from. There is no need to transport your package to Boise. The bidding takes place online. Afterward, you will receive the name and address of the winning bidder, and you can simply ship your contribution to them.

“We appreciate the generosity of our donors and auction bidders,” Miller said. “Every dollar goes a long way to help the eight CMN Hospitals in the Northwest to offer lifesaving care.”

Editor’s note: Learn more about the MAXX Convention and the Enchanted Northwest Gala here.

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