Lucy Washburn benefit event Thursday |

Lucy Washburn benefit event Thursday

Earlier this year one of the members of the Sky-Hi News team, Cynthia Washburn, experienced a tragedy when her three-month old baby girl Lucy was taken to Children’s Hospital in Denver on a Flight-for-Life helicopter on Sept. 14 with breathing problems.

A benefit event for little Lucy Washburn will be held at 7 p.m. this Thursday Dec. 15 at Smokin’ Moe’s Ribhouse & Saloon in Winter Park. The event is being sponsored by Cooper Creek Square and will feature live music from Hunker Down’s Electric Line-Up. Additionally Smokin’ Moe’s as agreed to donate 25 percent of all cash sales occurring during the event to the Washburn family.

For the past three-months the Washburn family, Cynthia, Brad and baby Lucy, has lived in a state of limbo as doctors at Children’s have worked to determine what is causing little Lucy’s problems. Lucy was released from Children’s Hospital on Nov. 29. Since then Cynthia and Lucy have remained in the Denver area to be close to Children’s for ongoing tests and because Lucy requires constant oxygen if she is in Grand County, something she does not require at the lower altitudes.

A series of genetic tests conducted on Lucy over the past few months recently came back negative, which is good news, but that means doctors, and the Washburn family, know little more now than they did three-months ago. Lucy’s doctors believe she will need a kidney transplant at some time in the future but because they cannot diagnose Lucy they cannot estimate when she will need a replacement kidney.

“Lucy’s symptoms are getting better,” said Lucy’s mom Cynthia. “She is taking the bottle, but some days are better than others.” Cynthia explained Lucy has a series of test scheduled for Wednesday Dec. 13 but added, “we are planning on coming back on the nineteenth if all goes well with the appointments this week.”

The experience has obviously been difficult for the entire Washburn family with Lucy’s dad Brad splitting his time between his working duties in Grand County and his family on Front Range. “It has been pretty hard, “ Brad said. “I have been doing a lot of trips, a lot of time behind the wheel. But you have to do what you have to do, gotta keep the business going and try to be there for Cynthia and Lucy as well.”

Brad said he spent roughly one month at the hospital before he had to return to Grand County and begin working again but added, “Cynthia didn’t leave the hospital for more than two-hours those whole three-months.”

If you get a chance this Thursday please head on down to Smokin’ Moe’s to support the Washburn family as they work through this immensely difficult period in their lives. If you feel inclined to help the Washburn family in other ways you can check out the You Caring page set up by one of the Washburn’s family friends. You can find it by going to and searching for “Little Lucy”.

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