14-year-old Zahara loves to sing and take care of her plants. Inspired by the care she received at Children’s National, Zahara has dreams of becoming a pediatric hematologist. “Being born with sickle cell disease has made me realize how a community of doctors can really impact someone’s life,” she says. “I want to be that person for someone else.”
13-year-old Lyla loves flag football. “I’m on offense and run for touchdowns,” she says. “My teammates call me ‘crazy legs.’” Even with cystic fibrosis, Lyla outruns many other players. Thanks to care at Children’s National, Lyla has the freedom to do what she loves, including playing soccer and basketball on travel teams, hanging out with friends and baking.
Six-year-old Sage loves reading and anything with wheels. He wants to be a police officer when he grows up. Thanks to his primary care visits at Children’s National, he’s growing up stronger. “His pediatrician really feels like a part of our family,” says his mom, Nicole. “The care, concern and competence are unmatched.”
Sam was born with two congenital heart defects. He started showing signs of heart failure and had open-heart surgery at just 3 weeks. “Children’s National saved my life,” says Sam. “I’m so thankful for the care I received during all the hard times.” Today, Sam is a happy 12-year-old who loves soccer and playing video games.
Holden flaunts his “bravery badge,” a scar on his chest from heart surgery. Although he has faced many challenges, nothing gets Holden down. Thanks to his care team at Children’s National, he leads a healthy life. He’s a happy 3-year-old who loves to sing, dance and swim.
Zariyah was born with kidney damage and went to Children’s National for treatment. Thankfully, she received a new kidney from a beloved cousin. Zariyah, now a rambunctious 5-year-old, loves playing with her Elsa doll and singing.
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