When 7-year-old Collin Everhart began experiencing pain in his legs a few months ago he was taken to the Emergency Room at Inova Loudoun Hospital in Lansdowne for treatment.
While the situation ended up not being serious, Collin remembers the kindness shown to him by members of the Child Life team, who brought him toys — including a now-beloved shark — to help make him feel comfortable during his time at the hospital.
About a month after that visit to the ER, Collin brought up the subject of his hospital stay with his parents and told them he would like to do a fundraiser as a way to say thank you and to contribute so other kids can have toys at the hospital too.
“It really surprised us,” his father, Jon Everhart told the Times-Mirror. “I didn’t even know he was thinking about the hospital trip.”
However, Collin had not forgotten about how special and happy he felt after receiving the toy shark, especially when physically he wasn’t feeling well.
He suggested to his parents that they organize a bake sale to raise funds so other kids could find similar comfort when visiting the hospital.
Through his church, Holy Trinity Lutheran in Leesburg, Collin set up a bake sale which he held May 23.
For the month prior to the sale, Collin spoke in church each week to promote the event.
Collin spent extensive time baking cookies for the sale, which included several different kinds such as chocolate chip, salted caramel and sugar cookies. He also made cupcakes and his uncle contributed two pies.
He also found support from his schools, Kiddie Academy and Victory Martial Arts, where he collected donations.
So far he has raised about $3,500, which will be donated to the Child Life program at Inova Loudoun Hospital.
“If I have to go to the hospital again, I’m not scared,” Collin said. “It was fun.”