Aug 14

Meet Chase: 2020 Family Advocacy Week Champion

Chase is participating in Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Week from August 10-14, 2020. Through this special event, Chase and his family will share information about his health journey, Wolfson Children’s Hospital’s role in providing Chase with necessary health care services, and why the public and our elected officials must invest in the future of kids like Chase.

Chase was sick off and on during the summer of 2015.

“He would get better, and then get a little sick again,” says Cassie, Chase’s mother. “We chalked it up to a busy summer and he was growing.”

Aug 14

Meet Lucas: 2020 Family Advocacy Week Champion

Lucas in his wheelchairLucas is participating in Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Week from August 10-14, 2020. Through this special event, Lucas and his family will share information about his health journey, Akron Children’s Hospital’s role in providing Lucas with necessary health care services, and why the public and our elected officials must invest in the future of kids like Lucas.

When he was 1 month old, Lucas arrived at Akron Children’s Hospital (ACH) in Akron, Ohio, with strep B meningitis.

Aug 13

Meet Joshua: 2020 Family Advocacy Week Champion

Joshua is participating in Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Week from August 10-14, 2020. Through this special event, Joshua and his family will share information about his health journey, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital’s role in providing Joshua with necessary health care services, and why the public and our elected officials must invest in the future of kids like Joshua.

At only 2 days old, Joshua was diagnosed with malrotation, an abnormality causing the intestine to develop incorrectly.

Aug 13

Meet Nevaeh: 2020 Family Advocacy Week Champion

NeveahNevaeh is participating in Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Week from August 10-14, 2020. Through this special event, Nevaeh and her family will share information about her health journey, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s role in providing Nevaeh with necessary health care services, and why the public and our elected officials must invest in the future of kids like Nevaeh.

Prior to birth, an ultrasound determined Nevaeh had a gene abnormality and required immediate special care at birth.

Aug 13

Meet Zachary S: 2020 Family Advocacy Week Champion

Zachary S and his mother, father, and sibling pose in front of a Christmas tree

Zachary is participating in Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Week from August 10-14, 2020. Through this special event, Zachary and his family will share information about his health journey, CHOC Children’s role in providing Zachary with necessary healthcare services, and why the public and our elected officials must invest in the future of kids like Zachary.

Zachary was diagnosed with spina bifida in utero at 16 weeks at Rady Children’s Hospital. His has been a complicated, complex spina bifida case.

At just seven years old, Zachary has had over 20 surgeries at multiple hospitals over the years and has seen over a dozen specialists including urology, neurology, neurosurgery, pulmonology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, gastroenterology, pediatric surgery, radiology and plastic surgery. 

Aug 12

Meet William: 2020 Family Advocacy Week Champion

William is smiling with a fountain and grassy landscape in the backgroundWilliam is participating in Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Week from August 10-14, 2020. Through this special event, William and his family will share information about his health journey, Dayton Children’s Hospital’s role in providing William with necessary health care services, and why the public and our elected officials must invest in the future of kids like William.

William was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia at birth.

Aug 12

Meet Simon: 2020 Family Advocacy Week Champion

SimonSimon is participating in Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Week from August 10-14, 2020. Through this special event, Simon and his family will share information about his health journey, Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s role in providing Simon with necessary health care services, and why the public and our elected officials must invest in the future of kids like Simon.

Aug 12

Meet Ben: 2020 Family Advocacy Week Champion

Ben is participating in Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Week from August 10-14, 2020. Through this special event, Ben and his family will share information about his health journey, Blank Children’s Hospital’s role in providing Ben with necessary health care services, and why the public and our elected officials must invest in the future of kids like Ben.

Ben wasn’t achieving his motor skill milestones by the age of 3, and he tired easily and couldn’t keep up with other kids his age.

Aug 11

Meet Theodore: 2020 Family Advocacy Week Champion

Theodore is participating in Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Week from August 10-14, 2020. Through this special event, Theodore and his family will share information about his health journey, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s role in providing Theodore with necessary health care services, and why the public and our elected officials must invest in the future of kids like Theodore.

Aug 11

Meet Dillon: 2020 Family Advocacy Week Champion

Dillon is participating in Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Week from August 10-14, 2020. Through this special event, Dillon and his family will share information about his health journey, Children’s Health’s role in providing Dillon with necessary health care services, and why the public and our elected officials must invest in the future of kids like Dillon.

On Sept. 3, 2017, Dillon was rushed to the Emergency Room at Children’s Health after a major car accident. A severed spinal cord, urological damage and facial fractures were just a few of the many injuries 11-year-old Dillon sustained.

He was left paralyzed from the waist down.

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