Hero Wishes

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Hospitals and pediatric care facilities throughout the entire country participate in this program by nominating one child every month for the entire year. The nominee is then recognized as the Kids Wish Network “Hero of the Month” for the facility. Hospitals, abuse shelters, homeless shelters and other specialized pediatric facilities nationwide tout this program for its ability to positively impact the lives of children and their caregivers.

If you know of a pediatric facility that would benefit from the Hero of the Month program, please have them contact us.

“She was very excited when she received her prizes. She put the t-shirt on right away and told her mom she wanted to buy a camera. She was all smiles! This is a great program!” - McLeod Children’s Hospital (Florence, SC)
 
 

Hunter

Hunter
Age: 6
“Hunter made all the staff smile” Hunter has been hospitalized at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital multiple times. During one of his more recent hospitalizations, he had many challenging obstacles to overcome. Dealing with chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction, Hunted endured five painful surgeries during his month-long stay. “Each time Hunter went to surgery, he [...]
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Thomas

Thomas
Age: 16
“Thomas had two incidents of a collapsed lung only a month apart” Thomas is a personable and respectful 16-year-old who recently endured two extremely painful medical issues. The teen was admitted to Swedish Medical Center for a spontaneous pneumothorax, collapsed lung, which required hospitalization in the PICU for multiple days. Doctors placed a chest tube [...]
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Brantavian

Brantavian
Age: 5
“Brantavian always has a smile on his face” Brantavian is a very brave 5-year-old who was nominated by Shriners Hospitals for Children- Cincinnati. He was just 3 weeks old when a laptop caught fire and caused severe burns to both of his feet. Initially treated at Shriners in Tampa, Brantavian came to the Cincinnati hospital [...]
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Trevor

Trevor
Age: 13
“Trevor pushed his brother out of the way of a moving vehicle” Arriving by medical helicopter, 13-year-old Trevor was admitted to the Emergency Room at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital as a trauma patient. Trevor had fractured his femur bone, the strongest bone in the body, after pushing his 2-year-old brother out of [...]
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Daniel

Daniel
Age: 8
“Daniel was strong and supportive” After suffering severe stomach pains, Daniel was admitted to White Memorial Medical Center for treatment of appendicitis. This was the first hospital stay for 8-year-old Daniel, but he was open to asking questions and listened to all his nurses and staff. He willingly shared his experience and also listened to [...]
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Jermaine

Jermaine
Age: 15
“Jermaine’s positive attitude inspired everyone” Hero of the Month Jermaine suffers from scoliosis, curvature of the spine, and needed spinal surgery at Shriners Hospitals for Children- Greenville. The 15-year-old underwent his first spinal fusion surgery, but soon lost sensation in his legs. He then needed another surgery just a few days later. Jermaine bravely underwent [...]
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Alexandra

Alexandra
Age: 12
“Alex has been so resilient and brave” Alexandra, referred to as Alex, was admitted to Kaiser Permanente for an infection on her spinal cord that affected her ability to walk. While hospitalized, the 12-year-old underwent several tests and procedures where she needed to remain completely still for more than an hour at a time. Although [...]
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Saber

Saber
Age: 3
“Even though he was very weak, Saber would still greet you with a smile” Saber was admitted to Mercy Medical Center suffering from influenza A and B, along with respiratory syncytial virus; all three illnesses are caused by viruses that make you very ill with cough, stomach aches, fevers, and being unable to rest. Usually, [...]
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Cynthia

Cynthia
Age: 5
“Cynthia relied on her own strength” Cynthia was admitted to White Memorial Medical Center around the holidays for appendicitis. The 5-year-old kindergartener sadly had to spend the holidays in a hospital bed, but bravely dealt with her situation. Here is her story, written by her nominating Child Life Specialist at the hospital. “Cynthia appeared very [...]
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Andrew

Andrew
Age: 5
“Andrew immediately started asking questions” Andrew was admitted to White Memorial Medical Center for appendicitis. Right away, the staff knew he wasn’t like the average 5-year-old. Although he appeared frightened, Andrew immediately started asking questions about his situation. “Are you giving me a shot? Are you the doctor? How will you fix my tummy?” he [...]
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Monserrat

Monserrat
Age: 9
“We view Monserrat’s efforts as heroic!” Admitted to White Memorial Medical Center for appendicitis, 9-year-old Monserrat underwent surgery to remove the organ. Her time at the facility was spent bravely battling to recovery and communicating openly and honestly with her Child Life team. Her Child Life Specialist writes, “Monserrat shared her fears and concerns with [...]
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Noah

Noah
Age: 4
“Noah is now his own Hero” It took Noah some inner “Superhero”-strength to get through a very difficult week. He will need this to help him be courageous for the rest of his life too. Noah was admitted to the Children’s Emergency Department at Orange Regional Medical Center suffering from fatigue and a general feeling [...]
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Luke

Luke
Age: 4
“Luke is very proud of his award” For 21 long days, Luke suffered from a high fever and spent time in two hospitals. While at Orange Regional Medical Center, Luke impressed the staff so much that they nominated him as a Hero of the Month! “ORMC provided our son with excellent care for those difficult [...]
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Jacob

Jacob
Age: 10
“Jacob bravely coped with the loss of his toes” After surviving a traumatic accident, 10-year-old Jacob is now bravely battling another trauma. As a result of the accident, Jacob needed four surgeries to correct the damage to his leg and foot. Among these surgeries was the amputation of several of Jacob’s toes; something that has [...]
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Logan

Logan
Age: 3
“Logan has shown how tough she can be” Bacterial meningitis can be a very scary and very devastating infection. For our Hero of the Month, Logan, it brought out her bravery. Logan was suffering from a fever, felt confused, and then had a seizure. The 3-year-old was quickly rushed to Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital where [...]
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Jailon

Jailon
Age: 14
“Jailon’s positivity was contagious” This spring, 14-year-old Jailon fell extremely ill. After being admitted to Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Jailon was diagnosed with multiple infections and blood conditions. Over the course of a 14-day stay at the Louisiana hospital, Jailon was treated for: • Septic joint of left knee and septic arthritis of ankle (intensely [...]
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Alyssa

Alyssa
Age: 13
“Alyssa never ceases to show her strength” Alyssa was born with neuroblastoma that covered 75 percent of her spine, wrapped around her right lung and compressed her windpipe. The rare, cancerous tumor was removed in an 11-hour surgery when Alyssa was just 3 weeks old. Afterwards, she started chemotherapy to further treat the cancerous cells. [...]
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Beau

Beau
Age: 11
“Beau had to go through a lot to get better” While on a family vacation, Beau fell ill with stomach flu-like symptoms. After five days, the family traveled home and Beau was taken immediately to the doctor. He was diagnosed with a ruptured appendix and needed surgery quickly; doctors also had to place a drain [...]
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Alana

Alana
Age: 5
“Alana was very motivated” Little Alana just wasn’t getting better. After two weeks of doctor’s appointments and several types of antibiotics, 5-year-old Alana was admitted to Mercy Medical Center. She was diagnosed with dehydration, severe ear and bladder infections, pneumonia and unstable blood sugars as related to her type 1 diabetes. Alana had to withstand [...]
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Tyler

Tyler
Age: 13
“This award will brighten his day” When 13-year-old Tyler developed pain in his hip worsening over the course of five weeks, his family knew something was wrong. Tyler was diagnosed with a slipped capital femoral epiphysis of the left hip joint, meaning his left hip joint separated causing extreme pain. Tyler was admitted to Mercy [...]
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Kids Wish Network is an international charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. Kids Wish Network assists children and their families through several key programs.