Ernest – Hero of the Month

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Shriners – Cincinnati, May 2014

When Ernest was 2 years old, he experienced a terrible house fire in which he sustained burns on over 65% of his body. Ernest, whose friends call him Zay, spent months in the hospital recovering before he was well enough to go home. The surgeries and therapy continued long beyond that hospital stay as Zay began living his life as a burn survivor.

At 17 years old, Zay continues to be a patient at Shriners-Cincinnati and travels from Florida at least every year for clinic visits and surgeries. He is an honor student and an excellent athlete with graduation and college right around the corner. The inspiring teen often shares his story at local events.

Anyone who has the privilege of knowing Zay is almost certain to be inspired, not just by what he has overcome, but by the unmistakable spirit of the HERO they see in him!

Help Grant a Wish for Another Child


Name: Ernest
Age: 17
State: Florida
Facility: Shriners – Cincinnati

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