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Special birthday request aids hospital

Nov 04, 2019
Callan Walker, 1, in his request for donations to The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital, rather than birthday gifts.

Searsport — Two critical surgeries in the first two months of Callan Walker’s life left his parents, Kelsey and Michael, eager to give back to The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.

Callan celebrated his first birthday Oct. 27 and instead of asking for presents, the Walkers, of Searsport, asked friends and family to donate, in Callan’s honor, to the children’s hospital to support lifesaving medical care for all children in Maine.

Callan’s health condition went unnoticed until the day before he was due. An ultrasound revealed an abnormality, called malrotation in his intestine. Left untreated, malrotation can become a life-threatening condition. Callan underwent his first surgery at only one day old and unexpectedly found himself back at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital for a second surgery weeks later.

“Today, Callan is a happy, healthy 1-year old little boy who loves music, books, boats and animals,” Kelsey Walker said. “We’re so grateful that The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital was here for us when we needed them most.”

To date, the Walker family has raised $525 using the My Miracle Birthday website platform to collect donations. The website allows the birthday donor to personalize a fundraising page and share with friends and family via email or social media.

Every dollar that Callan raises will be doubled by matching gift commitments from Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution and P&C Insurance.

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