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.