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!