It Takes a Village
This is Eli. He is my son, and if he doesn’t look a typical 2nd grader,
that’s because he isn’t. He’s so much more.
Eight years ago, when I was pregnant, my doctor told me Eli probably wouldn’t
survive childbirth. Before he was born, Eli was diagnosed with the most
severe case of
spina bifida ever recorded.
I remember asking God for patience, and God gave me Eli. God gave us 40
diagnoses, 44 surgeries, 30 subspecialists and one awesome Children’s
Hospital. They have saved Eli more times than I can count. They are more
than just doctors and nurses, they are my family.
As Eli’s mom, I learned there is no rule book and no instruction
manual for caring for kids like Eli.
Eli takes a village, and Children’s Hospital is my village. As a frequent visitor, I see the kids they help daily. It’s families
like us who rely on Children’s Hospital to keep our kids alive.
Eli and family lead the way at the Butterfly Dash
Each day is a new adventure with my son. Each day is a new challenge. Each
day with Eli is a blessing and not guaranteed. Eli will never be the star
quarterback, nor will he ever be able to do things all the other kids
do, but he is perfect and he is mine. I thank God everyday for giving
him to me. And every time we are at Children’s Hospital and I see
Eli laughing with his nurses or joking with complete strangers, I know
he is right where he needs to be.
Eli, age 8, with Crystal, third floor assistant nurse manager
We have met so many families who are blessed by this organization. From
our friends at the hospital, to
Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Center and Home Health Care, there are so many families who benefit from the
resources this hospital offers. Anyone who helps support East Tennessee
Children’s Hospital isn’t just supporting a hospital; they’re
helping families and children live up to their full potential.
Thank you for giving kids like Eli a future.