2016 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day Hero: Maren
Maren and her twin brother Berne, who both have cystic fibrosis, had a difficult start in life. Born prematurely, due to an intestinal obstruction, Maren has struggled with weight gain and bowel obstructions. To monitor her health and keep up with her treatments, Maren has to visit University of Iowa Children's Hospital at least six times a year.
Cystic fibrosis is a disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs and digestive system. Like her brother, Maren spends 90 minutes a day in therapy and takes over 250 doses of medicine per week to help keep her lungs clear. While pointing out Iowa Children’s unique position as a teaching hospital, Maren’s parents express their firm belief that the hospital has saved their children’s lives on more than one occasion.
Described as “super-social,” Maren loves school, riding bikes and has even started a car wash with her brother at their house.