Bad Pants Bash

By: Jummy Olabanji Email
By: Jummy Olabanji Email

April 14, 2007

Mac McDonald cares about kids, which is why he didn't mind wearing goofy pants in support of the UVa Children's Hospital.

"We took it to a level where we wear the craziest pants we can, we'll have fun and then it rolls into one big package, with the Bad Pants Bash, which raises a lot of money, which ties into my event which really is just a special, special weekend," said McDonald.

At Saturday night's Bad Pants Bash, awards were given out to many people who go the extra mile in helping at the Children's Hospital.

The 'Comeback Kid of the Year' was one of the special awards presented.

This year, that award went to Charley and Amanda Batten, twin sisters from Orange County High School who battle kidney disease.

Charley has had 11 surgeries to help with her condition.

She says she knows she been through a lot, but never expected to win this award.

"I was like oh my God, I actually won something. For the first time you know. I was so happy," said Charley.

She accepted the award for both sisters tonight, but says she shares this award with more than just her twin sister.

"If UVa wasn't here, I would not be here. I thank everybody. Nurses, doctors, everybody," said Charley.

The UVa Children's Hospital has to raise 94% of its annual budget. This weekend was a way to raise extra funds for the hospital where McDonald believes miracles happen every day.

More than $500,000 is expected to be raised from this weekend's events.


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