Fifteen-year-old Amber DesRoches spent more time in the hospital than any kid should. She was fighting to live, to beat the leukemia that was taking so much from her.
Through her fight, she had a wish for other children who would have to spend time in the children’s wing of Medcenter One: Make it a magical, happy place, where fears are replaced with warmth and the magic of Peter Pan.Sadly, DesRoches lost her battle with leukemia in December 2007. Today, her wish is coming true as Medcenter One announces the launch of “Amber’s Dream,” a major gift campaign to renovate the children’s wing at the hospital.
Jumpstarting the campaign is the lead gift of $80,000 provided by Basin Electric, Capital Electric, KEM Electric, Mor-Gran-Sou Electric, Roughrider Electric and Slope Electric. This donation will bring DesRoches’ vision of the children’s playroom to life.
The community’s cooperatives became acquainted with DesRoches’ story during North Dakota’s first-ever St. Baldrick’s Day celebration in March of 2007. St. Baldrick’s is the world’s largest volunteer-driven fundraising event for childhood cancer research. Thousands of volunteers shave their heads in solidarity of children with cancer, while requesting donations of support from friends and family. Since 2007, Basin Electric, together with other cooperatives and organizations throughout North Dakota and Wyoming, has raised more than $200,000 for the foundation and shaved nearly 300 heads.