There is no better person to share their experience about Dayton Children’s than a child or teenager who is a patient. Throughout the year, these Dayton Children’s “ambassadors” attend fundraising opportunities and media events to benefit the hospital.
Gabby is a star soccer player and can run a six-minute mile. But unlike many other kids her age, Gabby hasn’t gone through the normal training to get to this point. At the age of 6 doctors discovered that Gabby’s airway was the size of an infant’s, making it very difficult for Gabby to breathe. Gabby underwent an emergency surgery and was placed in a medically-induced coma. After recovery, Gabby began seeing the pulmonary specialists. She also began intense physical training with her mom to improve her breathing and ultimately save her life! As Gabby grows her airway continues to grow, and today Gabby is an active and engaged teenager ready to take on the world!
There’s a saying that lightening doesn’t strike twice, but Caulin’s family would say differently. Caulin was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia with T-cell when he was in the third grade. After a difficult treatment journey, including a bone marrow transplant, Caulin was then diagnosed with a second cancer, lymphoma. Thanks to the care provided to Caulin in children’s hospitals, Caulin is currently in remission and is an active young man who enjoys playing soccer, golf and helping other families in need. Along with close family friends who also beat childhood cancer, Caulin and his family started a family-based charity, “Together We Fight,” designed to support future families who hear the words, “Your child has cancer.”
Andray Simmons has a permanent smile on his face. You can’t help but smile back when talking to him. You would never know that he lives every day fighting the pain that comes along with sickle cell disease. Even though it can be very painful, Andray refuses to miss school due to his condition and never lets it bring him down. As a frequent flyer of Dayton Children’s, Andray also serves on the Kids’ Advisory Board providing input into the design of the new patient tower. Through this role and as an ambassador, Andray uses his experience with sickle cell to teach others and encourage patients along their journey.
When you first meet Emily you know you are meeting someone special. This sassy red head can brighten up any room with her big smile and laugh. But Emily is not your normal 10 year old. Diagnosed at 17-months with Type 1 diabetes, a life of insulin injections and counting her carbs is the only life that Emily knows. Recently Emily made big strides in her journey with diabetes by opening up and sharing with her classmates about her condition. Emily is also benefiting from new health care technology as she wears an insulin pod instead of a pump which gives her more flexibility and control. Also, free of wires, it allows her to do one of her favorite activities – hula dance, complete with a grass skirt.
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