Meet Dillon: 2019 Family Advocacy Day Child Champion

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

Like many other 13-year-old boys, Dillon loves playing Fortnite and getting outside to play sports. Unlike many other 13-year-old boys, Dillon navigates all his favorite activities from his wheelchair. Dillon is excited to start trying out wheelchair rugby, archery and basketball. He never lets his wheelchair stop him from doing what loves!

When Dillon was 11, he was in a major car accident. After 20 days in the ICU and a week in the hospital, Dillon—now paralyzed from the waist down—began occupational therapy. Children's Health played an integral role in Dillon’s journey. The hospital provided not only exceptional medical care, but also social and emotional support.

His mobility and independence have improved dramatically because of his new physical therapy regimen and the activities he gets to be a part of. Through Children’s Health, Dillon was involved in camps, events and support groups where he was able to share his story and connect with other children. Some of Dillon’s favorite friends at Children’s Health were a dog named Boots and his owner, Child Life Specialist Stephanie! Boots and Stephanie played cards and did magic tricks with Dillon to keep his spirits up.

His positive outlook and overall optimism are a result of the strong support he received throughout his time at the hospital. Dillon has found a way to overcome every obstacle he has ever faced. When he grows up, he wants to be an accessibility architect to help others overcome their own obstacles! Join us in welcoming Dillon to 2019 Family Advocacy Day.

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commented 2019-06-24 21:44:46 -0400 · Flag
Thank you young man for your courage to do what most think is the impossible!!!!! Let your light continue to show wherever you go!!!!!! You are AWESOME!!!!
commented 2019-06-20 22:21:49 -0400 · Flag
Wow! I’ve never met Dillon, I’ve only watched his story/testimony through the support that his mom has so graciously shared on Facebook. (I went to elementary school w/Dillon’s mom). Nonetheless, every time I see his face… I-light-up! This kid has a light inside of his soul that’s amazingly contagious! I pray that God gives him the strength to keep shining his light all over the world!
commented 2019-06-12 07:44:48 -0400 · Flag
This young mans faith in God and his determination to over come has made me open my eyes more and complain a lot less. As a adult I wish I had his faith. I remember when this happen we were crying while he was praying and still thanking God. I am proud of you Dillon I ❤️ you.
commented 2019-06-11 19:24:46 -0400 · Flag
This guy is amazing! We continue to receive the best love and care at Children’s Health. They helped make a traumatic life changing event into a bearable experience. We love and support Children’s Health.