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Why We Walk n' Roll...

Walk n' Roll brings together passionate people committed to raising funds in support of children and families facing special health challenges. Thanks to your generous contribution, our pediatric specialists can partner with families to make our many innovative therapies and medical treatments more personalized and effective...so that ALL children can reach their full potential. Funds raised at this year's Walk n' Roll will support the programs and services at our New Brunswick site. 

Learn how your gift directly impacts the lives of children like Cooper, Joe, Diego and Leah, and the more than 37,000 treated each year by Children's Specialized.

 

Cooper's Story

Cooper was only 5 years old she contracted Epstein Barre, better known as Mono. Her parents assumed that after a few weeks of rest she would be back to school, but only a day after her diagnosis, Cooper couldn’t sit up on her own or walk. She was paralyzed from the chest down.

Diagnosed with ADEM, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, an auto-immune disease, Cooper was immediately transferred to PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick where she received rehabilitative care over the course of two months. 

Hear from her mother, Jennifer, why she participates in #WalknRoll every year. 

Joe's Story

My life as a kid with cerebral palsy was challenging. When I was younger, it was hard for me to make friends and adapt to a traditional school setting because I was always “different” and didn’t look like the other students.  But when I came to Children’s Specialized Hospital, I remember feeling like it was my second home! From the moment I entered the building, I felt like people saw ME and not my disability and my wheelchair. 

Diego's Story

Diagnosed with a rare genetic mutation in his mitochondrial DNA, Diego's journey of care with Children's Specialized Hospital started in 2009 after he suffered a stroke at the age of two. Diego lost his ability to walk, talk, swallow, and eyesight.  Hear from Belle, Diego's mother, why her family participates in the Walk n' Roll. 

Leah's Story

An outstanding softball player known for her infectious smile and tenacity on the field, nine-year-old Leah was playing with her sister when she began to experience tingling in her fingers. Rushed to the emergency room, Leah's conditioned worsened. For six days she remained in the hospital sedated for six days. Her parents, Abby and Peter, were terrified for their daughter and their family. Diagnosed with a very rare spinal cord stroke, once stabilized, Leah's parents turned to Children's Specialized Hospital for their daughter's greatest chance of recovery.