KIOWA, Okla. (Feb. 26, 2015): Children’s charity Kids Wish Network, along with The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, is excited to honor Oklahoma 8-year-old Jamin Cearley as a 2015 Hero of the Month. Jamin was nominated for the award for demonstrating bravery during consistent medical struggles.
“Few patients deserve to be recognized more than Jamin,” said his nominating Child Life Specialist Katie. “Every admission, Jamin maintains a positive attitude. He is always kind and compliant and chooses to look on the bright side.
Kids Wish Network’s Hero of the Month 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. While they may not suffer from a life-threatening illness, these Heroes have dealt with life-altering situations, demonstrating extreme bravery and courage.
Jamin suffers from congenital scoliosis and receives consistent medical care. Recently, he had two invasive procedures over the course of a single month. The first spinal surgery was a lumbar laminectomy, which attempted to alleviate leg pain cause by his condition, and the second was a spinal fusion. After each procedure, Jamin battled through multiple readmissions due to complications.
During most of Jamin’s hospitalizations, he was required to lay flat on his back. Many kids in this situation might have become angry or acted out, but Jamin made the best of his situation and was willing to try new things to cope.
“The award made him feel so special,” said his mom Rachel Cearley.
The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center is one of hundreds of facilities across the United States that works with Kids Wish Network to honor brave kids. Each facility is able to nominate up to five Heroes per month, and each Hero is recognized with a Kids Wish Network certificate, t-shirt, and gift card. Kids Wish Network honored almost 900 Heroes nationwide in 2013/14.
Kids Wish Network is a nationwide 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. Learn more at www.kidswishnetwork.org.