MEET SARA Age 9

Sara’s parents were ecstatic to welcome into their family a beautiful, brown-eyed 3-year-old from Nepal. A few months later, Sara was diagnosed with leukemia. After 28 months of treatment, Sara was declared cancer-free. Today she is a social butterfly who loves telling stories and dressing in pretty clothes and accessories.

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MEET JORDAN Age 15

If anyone understands the importance of not giving up, it’s Jordan. His battle began when he was born 12 weeks premature. A few months after his first birthday he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy; and at age 7, his diagnosis evolved to a distinct type of cerebral palsy that affects his lower extremities. Now an active teenager, Jordan receives physical therapy and injections that improve his ability to move. He makes the best of his visits by cracking jokes with doctors and nurses.

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MEET AIDEN Age 13

Diagnosed with cancer of the blood and bone marrow when he was 2 years old, and again when he relapsed at age 8, Aiden has been through a lot. Now in remission, Aiden loves showing compassion for other sick kids. During his hospital stays, Aiden used Legos as a distraction from treatment. Since it helped comfort him, he and his family have made it their mission to provide Legos to other kids in the hospital and have collected thousands, while also raising more than $100,000 for their hospital.

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MEET OLIVIA Age 14

Numerous doctors have said Olivia is not a “textbook case” because her medical issues are very unusual. Olivia’s list of illnesses is extensive. Despite all of her health challenges, Olivia’s prognosis is great. She will need life-long care, but responds well to treatments and lives an active life with a smile and a positive spirit.

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MEET KATIE Age 5

Medical prognoses don’t carry much weight with Katie and her family. Katie has defied them all. She was born with a cleft palate and panhypopituitarism, an extremely rare genetic disorder that affects the pituitary gland, important for heart rate, thyroid, blood pressure, growth hormones and more. Katie is only the fourth person to be diagnosed with this disorder. She’s had many medical obstacles and wasn’t expected to ever see. Katie has overcome them all, recognizing her limitations are a part of her, not all of her.

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MEET MILLY Age 9

When Milly gets excited about visiting her friends, she’s not anticipating a trip to the park. The children’s hospital where she’s been treated since birth houses the comrades Milly seeks. Milly’s familiarity with the facility is the result of receiving treatment for pulmonary hypoplasia and eight other conditions. It’s rare for Milly to exhibit fear but she recently admitted to being afraid of an upcoming procedure. Child life specialists were quick to lend an ear, alleviating her anxiety.

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MEET HAYDEN Age 8

Hayden was born with a series of birth defects. His parents didn’t even get to hold him before he was immediately transported to another facility two hours away for specialized care. Since then, he’s had 11 surgeries and countless procedures. Hayden doesn’t let his condition get him down. Through smiles — and sometimes tears — he shows gratitude for the care he receives. He’ll likely need treatment for the rest of his life. Fortunately, the prognosis for this camping and sports lover is positive.

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MEET CONNOR Age 11

Cooper loves fishing, especially with his dad. But baiting a hook or casting a rod are very difficult with dystonia, an incurable neurological disorder that causes Cooper’s body to twist and shake. To manage, Cooper underwent a rare and complex deep brain stimulation surgery, in which a medical device was implanted under his chest to help him control movements through electronic signals to his brain. Today, Cooper lives without many of the limitations he once faced. Most importantly, he can fish with his dad.

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Join us at Kean Dance Marathon on Friday, April 20, 2018, from 12 noon until 12 midnight in Downs Hall as we celebrate a year of fundraising for the Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, NJ.

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10 APR 2018
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