Grand County family grateful after getting help with ailing little girl |

Grand County family grateful after getting help with ailing little girl

Little Lucy Washburn smiles for the camera.
Lance Maggart / Sky-Hi News |

Little Lucy Washburn had a rough first year of her life, but things are now looking up for the 18-month-old Grand County girl because of the loving support of her parents, the hard work of medical professionals and the support the family has received from the community, including from groups like Horizons Specialized Services.

Washburn, who was born in June 2016, began experiencing medical problems related to her kidneys three months after her birth. She spent three of the first six months of her life at Children’s Hospital in Denver as doctors worked to determine the cause of her condition. Things improved for the young girl and she was eventually released from the hospital, though doctors still have not pinpointed a cause.

While staying at Children’s, Washburn worked with various therapists and after she was released, the hospital contacted Horizons Specialized Services, a northwestern Colorado nonprofit that provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities, to facilitate continued therapy sessions.

Horizons puts on a fundraising campaign in December and January they call Little Points of Light. The campaign raises funds for Horizons’s early intervention and family support programs, working with families from the Utah boarder to Middle Park, including the Washburns.

Shortly after leaving Children’s Hospital, therapists from Horizons visited the local Washburn family and worked out therapy plans and goals for Lucy for the following sixth months. Therapists from Horizon’s either see Lucy at the Washburn’s home or while the girl attends daycare. There is no cost to the Washburns for the help provided by Horizons.

“Lucy’s speech development fell behind during those crucial three months she was in the hospital,” said Cynthia Washburn, Lucy Washburn’s mother. “She is definitely catching up.”

Lucy’s muscle and movement development also fell behind after spending three months on her back in the hospital but her mother noted she has quickly caught up in that regard, thanks in no small part to Lucy’s work with the people from Horizons.

“Horizons was not aimed at jut helping Lucy,” Cynthia Washburn said. “They helped our entire family. The therapists we have dealt with closely have a lot of compassion.”

One year from bringing Lucy home from Children’s Hospital, Cynthia and Lucy’s father, Brad, are still thankful to both Horizons and the community of Grand County that showed its love and support during their trying times.

“We deeply appreciate everything this county has done for us and our family,” Cynthia said.

Horizon’s Little Points of Light campaign goes to support the work of therapists like those working with Lucy Washburn and runs through January. If you are interested in donating to Horizons you can visit its website,

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