Making Miracles: The Story of Lucy and Ashley
Lucy Senadjian is a mother and Walmart Safety Supervisor at Store #2985 in Fresno, California.
Walmart's Children's Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising campaign is a special time for her as it merges a cause close to her heart with the job she loves. Throughout the campaign, Lucy’s Walmart—like other Walmart and Sam’s Club stores across the country—raises funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Any associate who has a soft spot for kids feels a connection to this worthy cause but for Lucy, her connection is personal.
Lucy pauses for a photo at her Walmart store.
Her now 20-year-old daughter Ashley has endured nearly 98 surgeries at Children’s Hospital of Central California, a CMN Hospital, starting as an infant. Her entire life has been filled with hospital visits and treatments after she was diagnosed with a protein C deficiency and other health issues. Lucy has felt the comfort of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals throughout this two-decade journey.
Ashley returning home from one of her treatments and cuddling her stuffed animal, who had to have a hospital ID band at Ashley's request.
Lucy notes how Children’s Hospital of Central California went above and beyond, helping Ashley integrate back into school after she missed 2nd grade. They helped explain good and bad news to Lucy as a mother and knew how to talk to Ashley as a child and patient. And, perhaps most important, they created a roadmap for Ashley’s specialized treatment when one had not existed before.
At Children’s Hospital, the neurology department, emergency examination area and outpatient clinic are all dedicated to Walmart and Sam’s Club. These services are available thanks to the dedicated associates making miracles happen for kids like Ashley by asking for donations. Lucy and many other parents are so grateful.