Jun 07

Meet Iker: 2021 Family Advocacy Week Champion

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

A social worker connected Iker with Sharon when he was a sophomore in high school after recognizing he needed mentoring and someone to talk to. 

Jun 04

Meet Tori: 2021 Family Advocacy Week Champion

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

Since birth, Tori has struggled with social interactions and would often get frustrated. Around 5 years old, she started showing signs of depression. Due to her age, it took a few years to reach a conclusion but eventually she was diagnosed with disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD), anxiety and ADHD.

Jun 03

Meet Dathin & Bryelle: 2021 Family Advocacy Week Champions

Dathin and Bryelle are participating in Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Week from June 13-18, 2021. Through this event, Dathin, Bryelle and their family will discuss their health journey, Children's Hospital & Medical Center’s role in providing them with necessary health care services, and why the public and our elected officials must invest in the future of patients like Dathin and Bryelle.

During the 20-week ultrasound, Dathin’s parents discovered he had spina bifida, scoliosis and hydrocephalus.

Jun 02

Meet Xander: 2021 Family Advocacy Week Champion

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

At 9 years old, Xander was diagnosed with OCD, depression and anxiety.

Jun 01

Meet Jaxson: 2021 Family Advocacy Week Champion

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

When Jaxson was born, his mother’s job had brought the family to Jamaica. However, due to health complications and a lack of treatment, they brought him to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami for a second opinion. He was admitted to the emergency department and within a few days, they learned his condition was complex.

May 31

Meet Sarah and Amelia: 2021 Family Advocacy Week Champions

Sarah and Amelia are participating in Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Week from June 13-18, 2021. Through this event, Sarah, Amelia and their family will discuss their health journey, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital’s role in providing them with necessary health care services, and why the public and our elected officials must invest in the future of patients like Sarah and Amelia.

At birth, Sarah had a heart murmur and was soon diagnosed with hepatitis C. She was quickly monitored by a cardiologist and hepatologist.

May 31

Meet Jasmine: 2021 Family Advocacy Week Champion

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

In the past year, 12-year-old Jasmine’s behavior changed. She lost interest in her usual activities and started spending more time on her phone and social media.

May 30

Meet Alana K: 2021 Family Advocacy Week Champion

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

When Alana was 3 years old, her parents noticed that her physical abilities were different from her peers and sought medical advice.

May 29

Meet Tyler: 2021 Family Advocacy Week Champion

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

In April of 2015, Tyler was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a severe type of muscular dystrophy that primarily affects boys, at 2 years old.

May 28

Meet Richie: 2021 Family Advocacy Week Champion

Richie is participating in Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Week from June 13-18, 2021. Through this special event, Richie and his family will share information about his health journey, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital’s role in providing Richie with necessary health care services, and why the public and our elected officials must invest in the future of patients like Richie.

When Richie was 4, he had some pain in his leg. Following a doctor’s appointment, he was sent to the ER and transferred to the main campus of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.

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