Meet Jack: 2017 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day Hero
Jack is a triplet who was born 14 weeks early, weighing only 1 pound 12 ounces. During his months in the Children’s Minnesota neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), he required the use of a ventilator for several weeks and had surgery to close a hole in his aorta. Jack was able to overcome many setbacks in the NICU and go home prior to his original due date.
Jack qualified for early intervention services based on his birth weight, and had a busy therapy schedule even as an infant. In addition, after receiving his autism diagnosis at the age of 3, Jack began attending a day treatment program for children with autism spectrum disorder. His hard work has paid off, and Jack has made immense progress in overcoming his challenges. He recognizes that he has had to put in extra work to get to where he is and is proud of his accomplishments.
Now 9 years old, Jack is a charming young man who has a smile for everyone. He has a seemingly intrinsic sense of fashion, and loves to shop for new looks. He has so much to share and so many questions to ask. Jack is always friendly and fun to spend time with.
Jack hopes to own three cars and a truck. He wants to be a driver when he grows up.
Help us welcome Jack to Washington, D.C.