The Jingle Bell Dash 5K 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.
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.
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. 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.