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AmFam charity donations give Sun Prairie family lifelong relief

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 6:37 AM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -The American Family Insurance Championship will tee off tomorrow raising money for various charities that impact Wisconsin families.

American Family Children’s hospital received $10.2 million since 2016 because of AmFam’s fundraising efforts.

These efforts were felt by a Sun Prairie family.

Five years ago, NBC15 did a story on the Schmick family following a horrible accident, putting one of their kids in the hospital.

The family said the funds have a life-long impact.

12-year-old Chloe Schmick puts pencil to paper hoping to get lost in imagination.

“Randomly sketching because you never know what’s going to come out of it,” she said.

Some pictures bring back memories.

“This is a painting I did,” she said.

Chloe painted a picture five years ago in American Family Children’s hospital.

“5 years you think you get over, but it’s a trauma that’s going to live with us forever,” Lauren Schmick, Chloe’s mom said.

Chloe was 7 years old. She went to her bedroom window to chat with her brother outside.

“She unlocked the window on her own and opened it from the bottom up and leaned on it just right. That’s when she fell,” Lauren said.

Chloe fell from the second floor onto the concrete.

“I didn’t even have the wherewithal to ask if she was alive in that moment. I just knew they were going to head to the American Family Children’s Hospital,” Lauren said.

Chloe was in the hospital for 13 days recovering quicker than expected.

“As scary as it was and as much as it makes me want to cry thinking back on it, it was so amazing the people in the ER let me be right next to her,” Lauren said.

She credits the AmFam Children’s Hospital for making a traumatic situation bearable .

“The decorations on the floors, the things available in the play rooms and the therapy dogs that come in,” she said. “There’s just so many amazing things at American Family Children’s hospital. Those donations go so far.”

Lauren said meals were provided for she and her husband while they supported Chloe bedside at the hospital, making it easier to focus on their daughter as she recovered.

Today, 12-year-old Chloe is doing well. She said not every day is perfect, but her accident taught her not to sweat the small stuff.

“After my fall, my parents started referring to life like ‘Is it a life or death situation or the exact opposite?’” Chloe said.

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