2016 Speak Now For Kids Family Advocacy Day Hero: Gerard
At birth, Gerard was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia. Shortly after receiving his diagnosis, Gerard’s family relocated to Charlotte, NC to allow for Gerard to receive the best possible care at Levine Children’s Hospital. Through the years, Gerard has been treated at Levine Children’s, primarily for pain management during a sickle cell crisis. Gerard and his family believe that the compassionate care he received during his stay at Levine Children’s enabled him to feel the most comfort even though he was away from home.
Today, Gerard is 17-years-old and his condition is stable. He is incredibly hardworking and full of life and charm. Enrolled at the United Faith Christian Academy, Gerard has developed a passion for drama, photography and culinary arts. Because of his newfound love of cooking and appreciation for good food, Gerard made recommendations to improve the menu at Levine Children’s Hospital. His input was deeply valued, and his help to redevelop the menu was acquired. Now, Gerard is an active member of Levine’s Teen Advisory Council, which enables him to share his story with many others.