“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to preserver and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” – Christopher Reeve
As Program Coordinator for our Hero of the Month Program, reading all of the children’s compelling stories of their life-altering situations definitely pulls on my heart strings.
The program honors children who have faced incredibly difficult and extraordinary circumstances. Our brave, young heroes are nominated by their compassionate caregivers at children’s hospitals, rehabilitation centers, burn centers, domestic violence shelters, and other children’s care facilities.
It is so rewarding when I get to see the photos of our Heroes; to see them perseverance with all they’ve been through truly makes them Heroes.
One of our March Hero of the Month: Candace was only 14 months old when she sustained a burn injury from scalding water. She spent several months in a hospital and, at 4 years old, Candace started receiving treatment at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Cincinnati. Shriners in Cincinnati is dedicated to treating children with severe burns. Candace has had several surgeries over the years. She is 17 years old now, loves school and is very involved in her youth group.
One of our April Heroes:
In January, Hunter was transferred to the pediatric unit at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital with weakness. His condition deteriorated quickly and within hours of being transferred, Hunter was put on a ventilator in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. After multiple tests, Hunter was diagnosed with Guillan Barre Syndrome (GBS). GBS triggers a person‘s immune system to attack itself causing inflammation in the nervous system and full body paralysis. Often times, people with GBS can make a full recovery with immunotherapy and extensive rehabilitation. Hunter spent weeks in the Pediatric ICU gaining the strength to breathe on his own again. While his peers are learning Math facts and spelling words, Hunter spends hours a day in physical, occupational and speech therapies learning how to dress himself, walk, talk, and feed himself again. Hunter’s perseverance and determination has been an inspiration to the staff and other patients and families at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. His positive attitude is an inspiration to everyone facing improbable obstacles.
Ministry Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital is central Wisconsin’s only dedicated pediatric hospital and only Pediatric Trauma Center.
– Programs Department
– Hero of the Month Program Coordinator