Continental Academie Makes the World Brighter by Supporting CHaD

March 9, 2018


by Sue Krzeminski

The students and staff at Continental Academie of Hair Design in Hudson are always trying to make the world a more beautiful place. Making their clients beautiful is a given. Taking that mentality above and beyond, they have dedicated themselves to making the lives of the patients and families of Children’s Hospital of Dartmouth-Hitchcock brighter.

For the last six years, the Continental family has raised money to help those suffering from congenital heart defects. This year’s donations reached nearly $3,000, the most to date. Besides the salon services provided on Feb. 23, the Academie students also held bake sales and offered raffle items throughout February. The CHD awareness event has been held annually in honor of Parker Bolton who was born with Hyperplastic Left Heart Syndrome.

“Although Parker wasn’t feeling well enough to make it to this year’s event, he was there in spirit,” said Alicia Charbonneau, president of the Continental Academie. “He is the kindest, sweetest boy you could ever hope to meet. Parker is such a warrior and has quite the personality. He’s always making people laugh; he’s such a caring and intelligent little soul.”

Thanks to the efforts of Parker Bolton’s parents and his supporters, a law was enacted known as “Parker’s Law” in 2012 to help identify congenital birth defects through a newborn screening. Parker spent his first three months in a hospital and underwent three open heart surgeries before he was two and a half. Some critical CHDs can cause severe and life-threatening symptoms that require intervention within the first days of life. Because of Parker’s Law in New Hampshire, it was mandated that pulse oximetry, a non-invasive test that estimates the percentage of hemoglobin in blood that is saturated with oxygen, be performed on a newborn a minimum of 24 hours after birth. That way CHD Hyperplastics could be identified and intervention could occur immediately.

All of the fundraising done by Continental Academie will be used to sponsor Phil Arnone, Parker’s CHaD buddy, during the CHaD Battle of the Badges hockey game in March between police officers and firefighters. The ChaD Battle will take place March 25 at 3 p.m. at the Southern New Hampshire University Arena in Manchester. The Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock never turns children away due to financial circumstances.

Continental Academie thanks these local companies for helping support their CHaD fundraising efforts: Red Brick Clothing, Spa Medique, T-Bones, America’s Pets, Advanced Auto Care, Suzie’s Diner, Mandarin restaurant, Sunnycrest Farms, Anytime Fitness, and Delta Dental.