Each year, our Ambassadors give the community a greater understanding of the trials and triumphs our families face throughout their daily lives. They will be featured on al marketing materials for the year and will get the opportunity to attend major fundraising events and campaigns.
Rebecca was 15 months old when she was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, which is a genetic disease that affects mostly her lungs and pancreas. As a result of this disease, Rebecca has been in the hospital many times throughout her young life, the longest was for 47 days. Her family moved from California to Kansas City, just so Rebecca could be treated at KU Medical Center and since then she is thriving. Rebecca and her family work very hard to not let Cystic Fibrosis define who is she or what she can become. When Rebecca grows up she wants to be a writer and a doctor so she can write stories to inspire kids facing hard times like she did and also work at KU Medical Center and be amazing just like the doctors who take care of her.
Timothy was 10 years old when he suffered a concussion and because of it, he had trouble with his vision, focusing and headaches. The doctors and medical staff at KU Medical Center helped both Timothy and his family understand why he was having problems and how to best take care of them so he could get back to his old self. With a lot of time and patience, Timothy is fully recovered and back to playing baseball, getting straight A's at school and watching Eric Hosmer and the Kansas City Royals!
Melody and her twin brother Jacob were born 6 weeks early weighing about 3 pounds each. Right before they were ready to go home, the doctors found that Melody had Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) or a whole in her heart. The doctors were hopeful that the hole would close naturally but unfortunately, it never did. When Melody was 8 months old, she had open heart surgery to have a patch placed over the hole along with a second hole they found during surgery. Melody is now a very active 8 year who loves to sing, dance and enjoys being a Girl Scout.
In the Greater Kansas City Area, proceeds benefit the University of Kansas Medical Center Pediatrics. KUMC is the region's only advanced care academic medical complex. It provides a combination of research and care needed to treat your child today as well as find the treatments of tomorrow.
KU Pediatrics offers state-of-the-art medical facilities which are available 24/7 to help kids of every age and background overcome every imaginable disease and injury-from asthma and broken bones to cancer, heart defects, pediatric AIDS, muscular dystrophy and life-threating injuries."