Your Impact: Charles’ Story

When you support Dancing After Dark, you support kids like Charles who depend on Children’s National in their time of need.

Sara Reges was taking her sons for haircuts when her youngest, Charles, saw one of his brothers getting off the bus. He ran across the street to greet him – and was hit by a car.

“It was every parent’s worst nightmare,” Sara said. They were whisked away by a medevac helicopter to Children’s National.

That was the beginning of an arduous journey during which Charles underwent nine CAT scans and remained half-paralyzed for two months. Each time Charles needed a scan, he had to be removed from life-support equipment because the machine was not portable.

“It was so strenuous that he ended up having CPR three times,” Sara said. “Being a nurse, it was something that I made my mission to change.”

The Regeses hosted fundraising events similar to Dancing After Dark so Children’s National could purchase a portable CAT scan machine. Now, because of the Regeses and generous friends and supporters, Children’s National can bring its portable CAT scan to patients, avoiding the need to disconnect life-support equipment.

Charles has made a complete recovery, and the Reges family is eternally grateful.

“Children’s National is a gem in our backyard,” Sara said. “Without it, Charles would not likely have survived. They gave us such great care and so much more.”

It’s clear that families like the Regeses rely on supporters like you! Join us at Dancing After Dark, and help advance children’s health in our community, across the country, and around the world. 

Serving the nation’s children for more than 145 years, Children’s National is an innovator in pediatric healthcare. Your support will help us to continue providing the best possible care to every child, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Learn more about the impact your support can have on Children’s National patients and their families.