Update on Donovan
At 2018 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day, Donovan advocated on behalf of kids like him and the care he receives from Akron Children's Hospital. Below is an update from his parents, Kevin and Lisa.
Donovan is in good health and continuing to thrive. Since participating at Family Advocacy Day, he returned to the soccer field for two successful seasons. Donovan completed the 4th grade with straight A's, and he switched to a new school for 5th grade where he continues to make mostly A's.
Donovan has taken on a very active role in his church. Before there was a pandemic keeping us at home, he performed regularly with the praise team and led prayer several times during Youth Sundays. Donovan's participation in the Easter play introduced him to drama. He also auditioned for a school play where he performed multiple musical numbers with elementary, middle, and high school students. Donovan's performance in that play led to a role in the school production of The Lion King. Sadly, that production was canceled due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Donovan has been adjusting well through the pandemic. He keeps himself on a consistent schedule, in order to complete his school work in a timely manner. Donovan is restless at times--like most kids, but he continues to have a positive attitude through it all.
Our last visit to Akron Children's Hospital was in mid-March when Governor DeWine closed schools. It was good to see that the hospital had already enacted plans to ensure the safety of its patients. There were screeners at every entrance point, and staff was outfitted with personal protective equipment (PPE). Our family also wore face masks and gloves at that time in order to avoid any chance of infection. The hospital called us prior to our visit to assure us of the safety procedures they had in place, but I appreciated the fact that they were willing to let us reschedule for our comfort and convenience.
We are scheduled to go for a follow up soon, and I'm confident the staff will continue to take all precautions to protect everyone in the building. Donovan doesn't seem anxious about the upcoming visit--despite the health crisis. I believe he knows that everyone at the hospital is committed to the health and safety of all.
Of note, there is one nurse who has gone above-and-beyond the call of duty for patients: Ashley Chicatelli. When Donovan was first admitted, Ashley was his midnight turn nurse. She would come to work and fight to keep him comfortable throughout the night. Ashley advocated fiercely advocated for Donovan and with persistence to make sure he could rest through the night.
Ashley and so many others on the hospital staff became a part of our family. In fact, when Donovan was selected to be pilot for the day at our local air reserve base, he selected two people to pin medals on him. One was his Aunt Kimmie. The other was his nurse, Ashley.
You're encouraged to read more about Donovan from when he participated at 2018 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day.