Meet Our All-Star

Lily was born in 2012. Her mother Kelly gave birth three weeks early to the most beautiful baby she had ever seen. Lily looked just like their son Riley, and Kelly was overjoyed! Later that night, a nurse said that Lily was having problems and that she was going to take her down to the NICU for just a bit. A few hours later, her doctor gave the news that Lily had Down syndrome.

“I’m raising a gentle, PERFECT little girl who just happened to have 3 copies of her 21st chromosome,” said Kelly. “She loves animals of all kinds, playing outside with her friends, swinging, and saying, “BY MYSELF MOMMY!!!”” Some say Lily is different, Kelly would have to agree… she IS different. But so is everyone else. She just has a diagnosis for it. And Kelly learned that from the Children’s Village at MultiCare Yakima Memorial Hospital.

“We are honored to welcome Lily into the Ace All-Star family,” said Kane Calamari, President of the Ace Hardware Foundation. “Lily and her family will join Ace in raising awareness for CMN Hospitals and generating essential funding for other children facing illness. Her story of fortitude, determination and optimism is one that we know will inspire our Ace community and beyond.”

Lily was selected by the Ace Foundation following a nationwide campaign that gave every Children’s Miracle Network Hospital an opportunity to nominate a deserving patient. As the tenth Ace All-Star, a $10,000 donation from Duracell will be made to MultiCare Yakima Memorial Hospital in Lily’s honor.

As a proud supporter of CMN Hospitals, Ace Hardware is dedicated to raising funds for children’s hospitals across the country, including MultiCare Yakima Memorial Hospital. Over the past 33 years, the Ace Foundation has raised over $200 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.