Burn survivor honored as Hero of the Month

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MANSFIELD, Mo. (April 14, 2015): Together with Shriners Hospitals for Children-Cincinnati, children’s charity Kids Wish Network is proud to honor Missouri 5-year-old Laramie Smith as a 2015 Hero of the Month. Laramie was nominated for the award for his continued bravery during painful medical struggles.

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.

On November 9, 2014, Laramie’s life changed forever. After getting caught in a house fire, the 5-year-old sustained severe burns on 75% of his body. When Laramie first arrived at Shriners Hospitals for Children- Cincinnati, he was in a medically-induced coma and had to undergo several skin grafting surgeries in order to cover his wounds. Once that was achieved, Laramie started therapy immediately.

Therapy is very hard but Laramie continues to push past the pain in every session to build up his strength and endurance. Laramie will need to wear pressure garments for several months to help keep his skin smooth but continues to work hard every single day and manages to keep a smile on his face.

Both Kids Wish Network and Shriners Hospitals for Children-Cincinnati are proud to recognize Laramie as Hero of the Month.

Shriners Hospitals for Children-Cincinnati 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.

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