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Join us for a magical evening to benefit children and families served at the B.E. Smith Family Center; home of Britain Development and Early Learning.
Special thanks to Patrick and Laura Sargent, Co-chairs, Jennifer and Rex Hudler, Emcees, and the Nigro Brothers Auction Team, for their leadership and involvement this year!
DINNER, PROGRAM & LIVE AUCTION
6000 COLLEGE BLVD. OVERLAND PARK, KS
AdventHealth Kansas City Foundation is pleased to announce that Laura and Patrick Sargent will serve as Chairs for the 2023 Tiny Tim Holiday Fantasy.
In September 2018, Laura and Patrick Sargent welcomed twin girls, Maddie and Kellie to join big brother Colin. Around six months of age, Laura and Patrick grew concerned that Maddie was missing some important developmental milestones. They enrolled Maddie in therapy and began navigating specialists and testing for answers. During this time, Maddie started therapy at Britain Development. In January of 2020, genetic testing revealed that Maddie had a rare disease called Angelman syndrome.
Maddie’s Angelman syndrome diagnosis enabled the Sargent’s to understand the importance of early intervention and robust therapy services to provide Maddie with potential for the most optimal outcomes. Through the services Maddie receives at Britain Development, she continues to achieve milestones the Sargent’s were told she may never achieve. Maddie independently walks into Britain development each morning with a smile on her face and a waiting hug to share with her amazing therapy team.
In 2022, Laura’s father and Maddie’s grandfather, “Baba”, passed away from pancreatic cancer. “Baba” was one of Maddie’s biggest cheerleaders, always motivating her to achieve the unachievable. The Sargent and Shaw families proudly started Maddie’s Mission in 2022, a public 501(c)(3) organization that supports local Kansas City and national organizations instrumental to the success of children living with rare diseases and different needs, including Britain Development.
Laura currently serves as the Executive Director of Maddie’s Mission Foundation and the Director of The Shaw Family Office. Laura and Patrick partnered with Children’s Mercy this year in the establishment and opening of the Angelman Syndrome Clinic and both sit on the Angelman Syndrome Family Advisory Council at Children’s Mercy. Laura also sits on the Family Advisory Board for the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (FAST). Patrick works as a sales executive with Slalom Consulting and is the Chief Technology Officer for Maddie’s Mission Foundation.
The B.E. Smith Family Center provides a modern learning environment for children of all ability levels, fosters collaboration and connection between children, families, and staff, and promotes understanding and inclusion of children with special needs.
Each year, hundreds of children and families are positively impacted by the services provided. This important work includes the following:
In addition to the therapeutic and educational services, Britain Development families receive tremendous support from the medical services team. This team includes a nurse, a social worker, and a physician. These individuals help families navigate the complexities of raising a child with a disability by assisting in the coordination of care, development of emergency action plans and special health care needs plans, and accessing community resources.
Consider a gift of $25,000, $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, $1,000, or $500 to help us further develop this important program for children with complex medical needs.
Proceeds benefit children and families served at the B.E. Smith Family Center.
TOP SPONSORS: Patrick and Laura Sargent – Chairs, Jennifer and Rex Hudler – Emcees, Nigro Auction Team – Auctioneers
DREAM SPONSORS: Doug and Nan Smith | CHAMPION SPONSORS: AdventHealth Shawnee Mission Medical Staff, GE Johnson Construction, Mark Gilman, Turner Construction | HERO SPONSORS: Richard and Barbara Shull