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Healthy Kids Thank-A-Thon 2009

I'm thankful for their straight, strong limbs; their inquisitive creative minds; their messy little hands; bright, blue eyes; in one case--red hair; sassy attitude, and mischievous exploration of everything everywhere.

It’s easy to take health for granted until something goes wrong. Today, all of my kids are healthy, and for that I am thankful. I know what I have to be thankful for because we haven’t always been so lucky.

Four years ago this December, I was admitted to the hospital in preterm labor. I was just 30 weeks pregnant. Proactive doctors, complete bedrest and a series of medications managed to stop my labor, but I was kept in the hospital because our baby girls was breech and my cervix was dangerously short. We settled in for a longterm hospitalization, but just 6 days after I was admitted, our daughter started showing signs of distress. The very next day, she had to be delivered by urgent c-section, 9 weeks premature...

I am so thankful for my healthy baby boy because I have so many friends and family members who have had kids who aren't so healthy. I see the worry and the pain that it causes, and I am so thankful I have not had to deal with that. My 8 month old has NEVER even had so much as a cold, and I know that I am so blessed to have such a healthy little guy!

A big atta boy to all the healthy kids who get their shots, wash their hands, and cover their mouths when the cough. You help keep the world a healthier (and less snotty) place.

See Erich's special YouTube message and gratitude for his healthy daughters

As a new mom I worry a lot about how to ensure that my son is safe, happy, and healthy. I am grateful every day for Jack's health because I get to enjoy him for who he is as a person. When I hear stories of other parents whose children are facing significant health challenges I realize that so much of their time is spent visiting doctors, developing treatment plans and strategies, and they have less time to focus on who their child is and who they will become. I am thankful every day that I was blessed with a healthy child and that our pediatrician is thoughtful about how to ensure that Jack remains healthy.

Having two healthy (and vaccinated) children makes me give thanks for our National, State, and Local immunization programs! In the Peace Corps I spent many unfortunate days attending funerals for babies stricken with Measles in Africa. My four year old has promised that she will be a doctor and help Africa one day!

I want my daughter to be happy. I want her to have fun. But her health comes first. Doing everything I can to ensure her good health (vaccinations, good food, exercise and lots of handwashing) brings me peace of mind. I know she's protected and ready to explore her world. I'm so grateful to live in a country where vaccinations are available. Last week my daughter got her second H1N1 shot. She didn't understand why I was so happy about it, but she didn't have to. She gets to be a kid, a healthy kid. And I get to sit back and breathe a huge sigh of relief.

I’m so thankful for the wonders of vaccines; I don’t even think about Hepatitis, Rotavirus, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Haemophilus, Poliovirus, Measles, Mumps, Rubella. Instead I worry about Mateo sticking marbles up his nose.

As a nurse, I know that being healthy is a true blessing and not to be taken lightly. I am extremely blessed to have 3 healthy kids!

I'm thankful for my little one who keeps me laughing no matter what the day brings.

Because my daughter is healthy, we can focus on the fun aspects of childhood. I am SO thankful for that, and I don't take that for granted. She's never had any need to fear the doctor or shots, and I wrote a blog post about a fun visit we had when she was just 22-months old to get her flu shot. I'll never forget it.

See Lydia's YouTube video of her sharing gratitude for her nieces and doggy Duff

I'm thankful that my children are healthy, because their presence provides me joy everyday. They are my "mini me" Sabrina and my little monster Royce.

As a parent I know it's too easy to dwell on the dangers, known and unknown, facing kids in the modern world. This is a perfect time to focus on the strength and resiliency of kids! I give thanks every single day for a beautiful, happy and (overall) healthy son.

Watch Dr. Brayden's YouTube video giving thanks for healthy kids

I am grateful for healthy children - my two grandchildren are at the top of my list right now. They have gotten all of their vaccines on time. I am old enough to have seen diseases we can now prevent, including in my own children. I am grateful there are less diseases my grandchildren have to get.

I am not a parent, but I have two gorgeous nephews who inspire me and serve as constant reminders of what is truly important in life. Life can be filled with difficulties and injustices of many kinds. Good health is a blessing that many of us take for granted. I am thankful for the community that has encouraged the continued good health of my nephews: their parents, my family members, their healthcare providers and teachers.

Watch Karen's heartfelt thank you for healthy kids

I'm thankful for healthy kids because it means less boogers.

I am thankful for all the daily blessings my healthy 4-year-old daughter brings me every day...from hearing her cheerful laugh, to watching her discover something for the first time, to listening to her preschool tales! When I get frustrated if she catches a cold or has a minor illness, I have to stop and remind myself that I am fortunate she does not have any major illnesses or disabilities.

I am thankful and appreciative everyday that I have a healthy child. I am grateful that our country provides access to vaccines to improve the health of our children.

The healthy kids that I know are so energetic, curious, happy, and smart. They are so alive. It is really great to see as well as its infectious because it brings that same energy into your life.

Children see the world through smiling eyes. I am thankful for kid's health because in good health, their eyes don't just smile, they sparkle. I think we could all use a little more sparkle in our life.

I'm grateful that we have such a dedicated group of people taking on an important issue like immunizations and protecting the health of our community.

This photo was taken at the beam signing event for the new Exempla Lutheran Medical Center North Pavilion. I am thankful for these little ones who added their footprints to the beam for the North Pavilion. I know it’s a cliché however children are our future and I am grateful that these little girls and boys are healthy and have the support of a great mother to guide them on their path (the mothers and babies are members of Lutheran’s Survival for New Moms class).

We are thankful because they are able to lead normal lives

What I'm most thankful for this Thanksgiving is healthy children. When a child is healthy they get to play, learn and, simply, just be a kid. Healthy kids means more smiling faces, more infectious giggles, and a better future for us all.

Watch Erin's YouTube video where she shares her thanks for healthy kids

I'm so grateful that we live in an era when so many diseases can be prevented by vaccines. Having witnessed my son's suffering during his hospitalization due to flu, I am so relieved that both he and his brother have received h1n1 & seasonal vaccine. I am grateful to all those in public health who have made it possible to protect so many children!

I am thankful for my 18-month old daughter Madison who smiles and laughs all day long. She brings so much joy to our lives! She just got her flu shot and the nurse put a pretty band-aid on it. She pointed to her other leg and said, "More!" She can even make me laugh while getting her shots!

In Max's early years, he went through many tests as we tried to find the root of his growth delay. With each hurdle cleared, I was thankful for his health - sad that many families were struggling with clearing those hurdles.

Every Mother or Father wants a healthy baby whether it be a boy or a girl. Every parent worries throughout his/her childhood that something could happen. But, in my case, once you see that child become an adult and is successful in these trying times, you are so filled of pride for your child and love. It is every parent's responsiblity to make sure that their child is healthy and happy and have the head start in life that he/she needs.

We are thankful for the sheer joy of living our boys share with us each and every day. Watch a video of our Joey, he's the one in the striped shirt with the bus on it.

Thank You to our Community Partners

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Children's Hospital Colorado
The Colorado Health Foundation
The Colorado Trust
Rose Community Foundation