What's Up Wednesday -- Lucas
#WhatsUpWednesday is our chance to hear from the teens and young adults who are involved with the Speak Now for Kids community. This week’s post will focus on Lucas from MUSC Children’s Hospital. You may remember Lucas from his participation in this year’s Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day.
Lucas is a charismatic, energetic and intelligent 11-year-old always proud to advocate for others. When Lucas was 7 years old, he accidentally knocked a pot of boiling water onto his face and shoulder, receiving second and third degree burns. He wants lawmakers to know that children’s hospitals are not just important for families with kids born in need of serious care — they are important for everyone.
So Lucas… what’s up?
Why I advocate I advocate to give back to my hospital because it has helped me so much. I also like to educate other children about my accident with boiling water.
My favorite moment from the 2018 Family Advocacy Day Hmmm, I really liked meeting all the kids and hearing their stories while exchanging our trading cards. I also had fun at the Patriotic Dinner posing with the superheroes.
What my children’s hospital means to me MUSC Children’s Hospital means a lot to me! They treated me like family. Many of the staff are still a part of my life. They continue to educate me about burn safety to help other kids from having accidents.
What I want the world to know about my condition I want to continue to spread awareness about burn safety to help prevent accidents. I also want the world to know that it's OK to look different. It’s OK to have scars. Scars are part of my story.
What makes me unique I never meet a stranger. I like to talk to people and make friends everywhere I go.
What have I overcome My accident was very painful but I don't remember the pain now. People sometimes stare at my scars but I don't let it bother me. I try to educate people and not take it personally.
How I plan to give back to the world I want to continue to educate kids. I also plan on being a fireman one day to help people.
What I want to be when I grow up I want to be an artist, football player and fireman. I go to a summer camp for burned kids and almost all the counselors are firemen. My counselor, Ross, is my hero and I want to be just like him when I grow up.
My favorite subject in school I love art because I can express myself.
What I’m excited about the most for the upcoming school year I'm excited to be in middle school and get to use the computers more.
Didn't see Lucas’ original Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Post? Just click here.