Meet Wesley: 2017 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day Hero

Wesley was only 6 days old when he underwent his first of five heart surgeries. When he was 18 months old, Wesley received a heart transplant. This new heart has given Wesley the ability to live a life of adventure. Now as a joyful 3-year-old, Wesley is a living example of the incredible work that children’s hospitals perform every day.

rsz_boston_childrens_hospital_ethridge_wesley.jpgA proud Mainer, Wesley has hiked the hills of Big Sur, canoed beneath the shadow of Katahdin, steered across the waters of the Atlantic, and traversed the country by plane, train, and automobile. His life is made possible by journeying to the frontiers of medical advancement, and his indomitable spirit marches forward into the future.

Currently, Wesley travels with his family to Massachusetts to receive care at the Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH). The exceptional care delivered by the doctors, nurses, social workers and staff at BCH was well worth the journey. Wesley’s close encounter with death and persisting medical challenges have led him to become a deeply caring, empathetic and humorous little boy.

As a clinician from BCH notes, “he is a friend to everyone he meets, and inspires his family every day.” Wesley has passions for bicycling, construction work, soccer, painting and the music of Bob Marley.

One love, one heart.
Let’s get together and feel all right.

Help us welcome Wesley to Washington, D.C.!

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