UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am
TEMPLE -- A local business owner giving the ultimate gift this holiday season: $25,000 toward building the $50 million children's hospital in Temple.
Now, the owner of Smoothie D's is challenging other businesses to donate more.
We took a deeper look into the future of the hospital responsible for the competition.
The new children's hospital in Temple will be the first of it's kind for Central Texas families. For families like Malie Hudson's that have to go to other states and cities for treatment, it's a dream come true.
"If they couldn't treat her here, I would have had to either go to Austin or Dallas, and that's time away from work and other family members," explained Hudson.
Hudson's daughter, Becca, has been in out of the hospital 4 times in the past 2 months for 2 non-curable diseases. They had to drive all the way to Utah for help.
"It's a long drive for a child, especially at 6. You have to tell them, "You have to lie down for an hour, and be still when we do this." So, yeah it was a very long drive," said Hudson.
Here at this children's facility they have 99 beds, but they actually need 120. Which is one of the reasons for the new hospital.
It will also have a Ronald McDonald house inside for families that need to travel here for treatment.
The new hospital also means more doctors, meaning more jobs and better research.
"Our opportunity to really attract residents, nursing students, those training for advanced practice positions, to be able to train them and prepare them, we will have a much more concentrated ability to do that in the children's hospital," said Registered Nurse Audrey Hubbard.
They have raised 8 out of the $50 million needed to build the hospital, and with continued help from locals who have embraced the new project, officials are hoping to keep heading toward that goal.