Rapid City, SD One little girl's fight for survival was a miracle -- and now she is being honored as the Rapid City Regional Children's Miracle Network 2018 Champion.
Cami Whetham is a happy and typical almost three year old and most would not be able to tell her first bit of life was a fight for survival.
Cami was born at just over a pound at 27 weeks and thanks to equipment from the Children's Miracle network she was able to thrive.
Shawn Powers, Regional Health Children's Miracle Network development coordinator says," Her success story has a lot do with her spirit but a lot that equipment where she lived basically in the NICU purchased by Children's Miracle Network Funds. That's what our community does for these kids and families."
As the new champion, Cami and her family will share their story at fundraising events and promotional material and her mom and dad say they are happy to support the organization that helped them.
Josh Whetham, Cami's father says, "It saved her life there's no doubt about that. To be able to give back to this organization just means the world to us to have the opportunity to help them and do anything we possible can for it."
Anna Whetham, Cami's Mother says, "I think for a long time too it was such a dark period of our life so it actually on a personal note helps us be able to share our story and hope that we can help others."
This is the first year that a champion is selected from each individual Miracle Network hospital.