2016 Speak Now For Kids Family Advocacy Day Hero: Vincent
Vincent has been in and out of the hospital since birth, but his recurring visits to Levine Children’s Hospital do not define him. Diagnosed at age 12 with prune belly syndrome and chronic renal failure, Vincent could have easily given up. Instead, he persevered through numerous surgeries and procedures as well as seven years of dialysis treatment. When reflecting on his experience at Levine Children’s, Vincent sees the staff as part of his family, making his battle with renal failure a bit more bearable.
Last September, Vincent received a kidney transplant. Amazingly, he is one of very few with his condition that has no remaining physical limitations. He is truly a conqueror. To give back to the hospital that he feels provided him exceptional care, Vincent serves on Levine Children’s Teen Advisory Council.
Today, Vincent is 20-years-old. He enjoys playing baseball, working out at the gym and spending quality time with friends. In the fall, Vincent will be attending Louisburg College and he hopes to own his own business one day.