A Royal Surprise: Kids at OLOL get to be royalty with Miss USA contestants

A Royal Surprise: Kids at OLOL get to be royalty with Miss USA contestants
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Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 1:35pm

Kids at Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital got a chance to be royalty for the day with some queens themselves. Miss USA contestants stopped by the hospital to spend some time with the patients.

Olivia's only three years old, but she's gone through more than most people could ever imagine.

"So on Thanksgiving day Olivia got RSV, and we almost lost her," said Christy Gillespie, Olivia's mother.

Christy said Olivia spent more than six months at OLOL, but the doctors here are who saved her daughters life.

"She just got her trach out like three weeks ago. She still has her feeding tube, but she's doing great, and it's because of this hospital has been so awesome," Christy said.

On top of that, Olivia got a royal surprise.

"I was like 'Oh my gosh, how sweet!' you know because they're busy," Christry said. "We're just excited and blessed that they took the time out to
spend with the kids here at the hospitals."

A few of the Miss USA contestants made fun crafts like crowns, tiaras, and even capes for the hospital's Royal Coronation Ball for patients.

"For me, I really wanted to come to the children's hospital. I work with pediatric cancer awareness back at home with my title with a family friend of mine his name is Sammie and he has neuroblastoma," said Amanda Soltero, Miss Nebraska USA. "So it meant so much to me to come here and be able to see other kids that are going through things similar as he is, and just really brighten up their day."

"Normally we're here because she's sick or needs treatment, but it's nice to come here and have fun," Christy said.

"It's awesome to get to see them kind of get out of their rooms and do some activities that are really feel good activities, and that make them feel strong and powerful and beautiful. It means a lot to me," Soltero said.

All 51 contestants vying to be the next Miss USA are gearing up for this year's pageant which will be held at the River Center Sunday, June 8th. Of course, it airs on NBC33.

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