Kidney disorder not stopping future OSU student from academic dreams
More than 11 years ago, 7-year-old Lizzy Lindley was diagnosed with a genetic kidney disorder at Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City. Thanks to treatment she received at Children’s Hospital, Lizzy is now just like any other member of the OSU Class of 2020 who will be coming to Stillwater next fall.
"I had a lot of great teachers in my elementary school, and they affected me a lot," Lizzy said. "I just want to change someone’s life the way they changed mine."
Lizzy’s elementary years were complicated by hospital visits and doctors’ appointments. Her teachers helped her through these rough periods, inspiring her to want to study elementary education at OSU.
Making sure kids like Lizzy can receive the medical care they need without leaving the state of Oklahoma is the goal of Children’s Hospital Foundation, CowboyThon’s beneficiary. Through raising awareness and funds that help bring the best doctors in the country to Oklahoma City, CowboyThondreams of every child treated at Children’s one day being healthy enough to become a member of the Cowboy family like Lizzy.
On February 13, more than 1,000 OSU students, faculty, and alumni came together in the Colvin Annex, standing and dancing for 12 hours "for the kids who can’t." In all, more than $141,000 was raised, and those dollars will go to Children's Hospital Foundation in Oklahoma City.
Let's hear it for everybody who participated in CowboyThon! Check out photos from the event below:
And for even MORE photos from this year's CowboyThon, click here to visit the Children's Hospital Foundation Facebook page.