GLASGOW, Ky. (April 29, 2015): Together with Shriners Hospitals for Children-Cincinnati, children’s charity Kids Wish Network is proud to honor Kentucky 13-year-old Hunter Rogers as a 2015 Hero of the Month. Hunter was nominated for the award by demonstrating continued bravery in the face of 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.
In 2002, Hunter was severely burned on 69 percent of his body in a house fire. In the many years that Hunter has been a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children- Cincinnati, he has undergone multiple surgeries. Because he was injured as a baby, Hunter has continually needed to have skin graft surgeries as he grows, sometimes a few years every year. These painful surgeries are necessary in order for Hunter to retain his ability to move and range of motion in order to do everything his peers can.
“Hunter has had to endure so much over the years due to his burn injury, yet continues to be strong, brave and a true example of what HERO is in his everyday life,” said his nominating Child Life Specialist Katie Campos.
Hunter is a compassionate 13-year-old who enjoys sports and is hoping to play football this year for the first time. Kids Wish Network and Shriners Hospitals for Children-Cincinnati is proud to honor Hunter has a 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.