Meet Simone: 2017 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day Hero

Simone was a fighter in every sense of the word during her almost-two-month NICU stay. Despite multiple surgeries for her congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), she bounced back stronger every time. Simone’s mother, Antoinette, described the first year after her birth as “definitely a challenge.” Since then, she has grown into a social, loving and brilliant young lady.

A fantastic student who receives great grades, Simone never ceases to amaze her family, friends and teachers with her resiliency and strength of mind and heart. Not one to sit still for too long, Simone is an active member of Girls Who Code — a programming club for girls — and her middle school newspaper. She enjoys drawing, jewelry making, crocheting and sewing. Simone also enjoys Taekwondo and has progressed all the way to Red-Black belt — just one belt away from Black belt!

rsz_the_childrens_hospital_of_philadelphia_spence_simone.jpgSimone has also become an accomplished pianist. She has performed in numerous recitals and most recently was awarded First Class Honors from the Royal Conservatory of Music. This past September, Simone has also added flute to her repertoire. This is an amazing accomplishment considering that she was born not being able to even breathe on her own!

“After surviving CDH, these children are fighters,” Antionette pointed out. “They have fought for their very lives and are strong of mind and heart.”

Looking ahead, since kindergarten, Simone has expressed interest in becoming a veterinarian. She loves all animals and has a passion for animal rights.

Help us welcome Simone to Washington, D.C.!

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