QUEEN CREEK, AZ: In the summer of 2013, brother and sister Honor and Hailey Humphries were injured in car accident in Arizona. They both suffered injuries and were hospitalized, but it’s what was accomplished after that makes them true Heroes. Children’s charity Kids Wish Network, along with Maricopa Integrated Health System’s Arizona Children Center, is proud to feature Hailey and Honor Humphries as Heroes of the Month and commend the pair for their tremendous strength, courage and generosity.
Honor and Hailey are the definition of a true Kids Wish Network Hero of the Month. The program recognizes children between the ages of 3 and 18 who have faced and overcome difficult circumstances, often enduring a great deal of pain and suffering. The brother and sister were nominated by a facility representative for their ability to triumph over adversity and serve as an inspiration to others.
During the accident, Honor suffered severe head injuries that required immediate surgery and extensive hospitalization. The 9-year-old had multiple skull fractures and an intracranial hemorrhage forcing surgeons to remove part of his skull in a craniotomy operation. Honor was hospitalized for five days and still requires intensive therapies, but is “always positive, smiling and an absolute joy to work with,” report Child Life Specialists at Maricopa Integrated Health System’s Arizona Children Center.
Hailey mainly suffered from a right upper arm fracture and remained in the hospital for three days, but her journey after recovery is what makes this 17-year-old so remarkable.
“For me, the hardest part wasn’t the pain of my arm,” recalls Hailey. “It was the pain of the struggle. Not only was I waiting for Honor to come home, but my family as well.”
Hailey was deeply affected by her hospitalization and the struggles her family went through; she knew she needed to give back and help others experiencing the same conditions. She worked with her school, American Leadership Academy in Queen Creek, and the medical center to organize a “Sub for Santa” event, which adopts several families with hospitalized children to provide Christmas presents they might not otherwise receive.
“I know how hard it is for a family to get back on its feet financially after a hospitalization,” says Hailey. “I couldn’t imagine going through it at Christmas.”
Hailey and Honor celebrated their award recently at the HERO party thrown by the children’s medical center. Each kid was presented with a Kids Wish Network certificate, gift card and HERO shirt while they enjoyed the cake and festivities provided by the center.
Kids Wish Network is privileged to call Hailey and Honor Humphries Heroes of the Month for serving as an inspiration to us all. The brother and sister are doing amazing in their recovery; see their updated story here: http://kidswishnetwork.org/2014/02/honor-and-hailey-heroes-of-the-month/.
Kids Wish Network is a Florida-based charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experience life-altering situations. More than just granting wishes, Kids Wish Network makes a difference through its various programs by delivering hope to kids across the United States. Come experience the Kids Wish Network difference.