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Meet Aria: 2019 Family Advocacy Day Champion

Aria is participating at 2019 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day from June 25-26 in Washington, D.C. During the event, Aria will share information about her health journey and the importance of children’s health care with members of Congress. Below is her story.

Aria is an artist who enjoys playing the piano and French horn.

Now 16 years old, Aria was diagnosed with appendicitis at age 10. Nationwide Children’s Hospital gave her the opportunity to participate in an appendicitis antibiotic study. Aria was able to use the antibiotics to improve her condition and avoid surgery. Solving problems without operations can mean a lot for kids—for this young performer, it meant she got to keep her leading part in a holiday play. Aria even went to Disney World for a family vacation a few weeks later!

This great experience with Nationwide Children’s convinced Aria that she would like to work in the medical field. She is currently very involved in academics and has dreams to go to medical school and become a pediatric trauma surgeon. Dr. Deans and Dr. Minneci are her favorites at Nationwide because they made her feel like she is capable of achieving her dreams. In fact, they even helped her arrange a shadowing session to learn more about what they do!

Aria is very hopeful about the future. She’s super excited for the years to come so she can begin working at children’s hospitals to make a better tomorrow for kids all across the country. Good luck, Aria—we’re cheering you on!

Join us in welcoming Aria to 2019 Family Advocacy Day.


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