May 08

Meet Mekhi: 2021 Family Advocacy Week Champion

Mekhi is participating in Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Week from June 13-18, 2021. Through this event, Mekhi and his family will discuss his health journey, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital’s role in providing Mekhi with necessary health care services, and why the public and our elected officials must invest in the future of patients like Mekhi.

Mekhi was born in Baltimore at Mercy Medical Center. At birth he was diagnosed with spina bifida, a cleft pallet, frozen joints and underdeveloped lungs. Mekhi also needed cranial alignments to adjust the bones in his skull.

May 07

Meet Sha'Miya: 2021 Family Advocacy Week Champion

Sha'Miya is participating in Speak Now for Kids’ Family Advocacy Week from June 13-18, 2021. Through this event, Sha'Miya and her family will discuss her health journey, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital’s role in providing Sha'Miya with necessary health care services, and why the public and our elected officials must invest in the future of kids like Sha'Miya.

In April 2020, Shantel, Sha'Miya’s mother, knew something was off when her daughter started sleeping more and losing weight. They soon noticed a lump on Sha’Miya’s upper thigh and went to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital to have it examined. Surgeons removed the cyst, but tests revealed that Sha'Miya had acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

May 05

Meet JJ: 2021 Family Advocacy Week Champion

JJ is participating in Speak Now for Kids’ Family Advocacy Week from June 13-18, 2021. Through this event, JJ and his family will discuss his health journey, El Paso Children’s Hospital’s role in providing JJ with necessary health care services, and why the public and our elected officials must invest in the future of kids like JJ.

When JJ was two years old, he was diagnosed with Pre B ALL Leukemia, an aggressive cancer that affects the bone marrow and blood. The family was devastated but placed their son’s care in the specialists at El Paso Children’s Hospital.

Apr 29

Let’s Stay Connected This Mental Health Awareness Month

Last year we introduced you to Kate, a vibrant and active young girl who received care for her anxiety, sensory integration disorder, and ADHD from Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Pediatric Mental Health Institute after experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Dec 17

2020: A Year to Remember

What a year it has been yet it would have been far more challenging for children’s health and children’s hospitals without your valiant support. And for that support, we are grateful.

Oct 05

Family Advocacy Week 2020: “Kids’ Health, Our Future”

This past summer, over 50 patient families from 37 children’s hospitals in 22 states gathered virtually via the Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Week to advocate for children’s health with federal lawmakers. For many families, the experience marked the first time they had ever spoken with their elected officials.

Sep 29

Spotlight: National Childhood Obesity Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Month. Speak Now for Kids is highlighting how Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH helps kids reach their healthy lifestyle goals.

Group exercise following a cooking demonstration at The Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

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.

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