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Ashley Perry named Alaska’s Children’s Miracle Network Champion for 2014
Ashley Perry, age 10, Turner Syndrome. Photo courtesy of The Children’s Hospital at Providence.
– Ten-year-old Ashley has been considered a miracle since her very first birthday. Diagnosed before birth with Turner syndrome, a rare genetic condition, Ashley had a 1 percent chance to pull through — and pull through she did! Her fighting spirit has seen her through a dozen surgeries, years of infections and bacteria-fighting infusions.
Ashley benefits from the child life specialist who uses a doll to teach Ashley about her care and fun games to distract her during her treatments.
Described as brave and strong, Ashley loves music, dance and gymnastics. She takes life head on with her chin held high, and hopes to be an ally for children who are made to feel different. She exclaims, “If I can make kids feel
good about themselves, I can help them do anything!”
Every year, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champions program identifies a child with a remarkable medical story from each state. These champions serve as ambassadors for the 17 million children treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals annually. The champions and their families will travel to Orlando, Fla., and Washington, D.C., in October to highlight the vital work taking place at children’s hospitals around the country.
About The Children’s Hospital at Providence
Located within Providence Alaska Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital at Providence functions as a hospital within a hospital. The Children’s Hospital is known for its outstanding Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Maternity Center. The 100-bed inpatient facility offers family-centered care in every area of pediatric medicine and on-site clinics, including neurological development, urology, endocrinology, orthopedics, genetics, cystic fibrosis, a subspecialty clinic and a center for special needs.
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