Meet the four kids in our recent commercials
In February 2010, Katie was admitted to Boston Children's Hospital after falling into a semi-comatose state after contracting a rare stomach flu. Doctors brought her back after 23 long days in the hospital. They also comforted the whole family—something Katie’s parents, Cindy and Andrew, will never forget. When asked why they walk Cindy said, “To raise money for an amazing hospital and to do my part to ensure that other children and families can receive the great care we did.”
Avery’s mom Cheryl has been a nurse at Boston Children’s for more than 19 years, but she never fully understood the impact of her work until her own newborn, Avery, was diagnosed with a rare heart defect, which led to a heart transplant. The donor? A little boy named Dalton from Texas who passed away tragically after being hit by a car. Dalton’s family met Avery and her parents last summer—and it was the start of an amazing friendship. Avery and her family walk to honor Avery and Dalton, and for all the families who need Boston Children’s care.
When Kiley was four, she hit her head and needed to be airlifted to Boston Children’s. Diagnosed with bleeding on the brain, doctors worked quickly to ensure she suffered little damage. It wasn’t the family’s last encounter with the hospital. Kiley’s younger brother Blake was diagnosed with a painful virus called Henoch schonlein Purpura (HSP). Today both Kiley and Blake, along with Kiley’s twin Monty, are healthy and happy to participate in NSTAR’s Walk for Children’s Hospital Boston.
Sara and Emily
Twins Sara and Emily were born weighing less than five pounds combined, and with many complications. Emily suffered two brain hemorrhages and Sara struggled to breathe with underdeveloped lungs. After several surgeries and months in the hospital, the girls began to thrive. Each June, the family participates in the walk as a birthday tradition. Their mother Molly says, “You see parents coming in and it breaks your heart. You see them leaving and it gives you hope. So many families need Boston Children’s.”