COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (KRDO) — A local group continues its new tradition of giving back to children’s hospital on Friday with a donation-based car wash.
The Colorado Springs CPA and accounting firm, WCG Inc., ran the Suds for Kids car wash, and all proceeds went directly to the Children’s Hospital of Colorado.
The hospital holds a special place in the heart of one of WCG’s staff, Roberta Bertrand, whose son Jayden was treated for high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia at Colorado Children’s Hospital about eight years ago. He was just 10 years old when he was diagnosed.
“I remember a year after his diagnosis, when I was driving down the road and thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, my son has cancer,'” said Roberta. “They did a bone marrow biopsy and found that 95% of his bone marrow was cancerous. It was just a punch to my stomach. I never thought I would be the parent of a child battling cancer.”
Roberta said Jayden has been cancer-free for four years thanks to the research and care of the children’s hospital. By the age of five, he is officially considered a survivor.
“I really believe that the [Children’s Hospital] is the reason my son is still alive,” said Roberta.
WCG has been running the donation-based “Suds for Kids” car wash for two years now. In 2020, they raised $2,100. They matched every dollar and donated a total of more than $4,000 to the children’s hospital.
Roberta said she knows firsthand that every penny counts for a child who is fighting the same battle as her son.
“He’s my inspiration, he’s my hero,” said Roberta. “So many times I wanted to stop and he didn’t.”
The car wash ran from noon to 3 p.m. at 2393 Flying Horse Club Dr.