MT. PLEASANT (KDKA) — A local patient being treated at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus got a chance to help out other patients today.
Makenzie Rugg, 4, got a chance to go on a shopping spree at the Big Lots store in Mount Pleasant.READ MORE: 5-Month-Old Girl In Pittsburgh Receives Narcan After Falling Unconscious
“I think it is a great cause; I hope it continues,” said Kristi Rugg, Makenzie’s mom. “I hope the support is amazing, and like I said, I hope it continues every year.”
Rugg was born with a life-threatening heart defect, called right hypoplastic heart disease.
She had open heart surgery when she was very young to help her heart pump blood more efficiently to her lungs.READ MORE: Owl-O-Ween Returns To National Aviary
She’ll have to continue to have surgeries throughout her life to replace a synthetic blood vessel that helps her heart pump more normally.
The shopping trip was part of the Give 4 Kids campaign. Ohio-based retail chain Big Lots organized the shopping trip, along with Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
“This is a five-week campaign,” said David Campisi, the CEO and president of Big Lots. “We started it last year. The company raised $2.2 million, all of that money went to the hospital. We will continue to do this, hopefully, forever for the hospital because it is all about our kids.”MORE NEWS: PRC Holding Household Chemical Collection At Brady’s Run Park Recycling Center
The items that were purchased will be given to Rugg’s fellow patients.