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Avera Children's Champion

The Avera Children's Champion award recognizes how young patients not only cope with their illness or injury, but how they overcome obstacles with patience, courage, strength and even joy.

Our Current Avera Children's Champion

We would like everyone to meet our friend Anthony, the four year old boy who is the latest Avera Children’s Champion. He was admitted to Pediatric ICU after having surgery.

Anthony always faces his pokes, X-rays, and other procedures with bravery. He has formed many meaningful relationships with staff at the hospital and never stops amazing everyone with his improvements and achieved milestones throughout his stays.

Child Life helped Anthony meet his walking, eating, and drinking goals by creating individualized sticker charts to suit his needs. He loves being able to pick out which stickers he wanted following each accomplishment. Other activities he  enjoys are playing Memory, cooking with the play kitchen, using the toy tools to fix other toys in the playroom, playing Play doh, getting messy with syringe painting, and going for wagon rides.

To say it simply, Anthony never gives up. His strength and persistence have been beneficial in his recovery, and everyone loves seeing his blue eyes light up and his contagious smile. He is always willing to help nurses out when he has the opportunity and never turns down the chance to spend time with Child Life staff. Anthony’s bravery, positivity, and perseverance are why he has been named Avera Children’s Champion. Congratulations, Anthony! Keep up the great work!

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