With the countdown to the New Year almost here, On the Pulse caught up with a few of the patients who inspired our readers with their stories throughout 2018. Below, they offer their hopes, dreams and goals for the year to come.
A shoulder above his cancer, Miguel sets sights on giving back
In 2018, doctors built a right shoulder for Miguel Navarro, 19, after surgically removing an aggressive type of bone cancer known as osteosarcoma that threatened his life. Miguel spent most of the last semester of his senior year of high school in the hospital going through chemotherapy and intensive rehabilitation to regain the use of his right arm. Now, he’s solely focused on the road ahead – one that includes getting back to a hobby he’s passionate about – driving his stick shift car – and giving back to others.
“My goal for 2019 is to give back to the community that took care of me and supported me during my time of need,” Miguel said. “I’m blessed to be alive. Now, I want to be hope for someone else.”
First grader Hannah Mae plans to donate (even more!) birthday gifts to other patients
As an infant, Hannah Mae Campbell was diagnosed with a rare heart condition. She received a life-saving heart transplant at Seattle Children’s and is the only known survivor with her diagnosis. Now 6 years old, Hannah plays sports, excels in school and enjoys giving back.
This year, inspired by her own experiences staying in the hospital, Hannah asked for gifts to give to Seattle Children’s for her birthday. She donated 139 toys and books to the hospital.
Hannah’s resolutions for New Year’s are to do well in school, and to donate 172 toys in honor of her seventh birthday to Seattle Children’s.
After the performance of a lifetime, Zack plays on
Zack Edge, 13, was born with cerebral palsy. In 2018, he underwent his 14th surgery to help him stand and walk with better ease. Zack is now more mobile and stronger than ever, which has allowed him to focus on his number one passion – playing the drums.
This year, Zack was given the extraordinary opportunity to perform in front of a crowd of more than one thousand people for a special concert that benefits Seattle Children’s, led by Grammy award-winning film composer Mateo Messina.
With the memorable experience behind him, Zack is ready to tackle the New Year with great determination.
“My resolution is to play more music, get stronger and become a better version of my current self,” said Zack.