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
Congratulations to Claire on becoming Avera Children’s Champion. Claire is a sweet little four year-old who was admitted to our Pediatric ICU after being involved in a bike accident. Cassy, RN said "Claire or 'Claire Bear' was a brave little girl who experienced such an unimaginable circumstance as a child. She was so strong and brave during her stay at Avera Children’s." She became a favorite by many nursing staff and Child Life Specialists as she was a true fighter during her two week recovery time. Even during those though times, she would always do what the nursing staff asked her to do.
She loved to eat her meals on the outside deck inside the little playhouse, picnics were a must! Claire was surrounded by an amazing support system of family and friends who loved her. They enjoyed watching Claire do shaving cream painting, snuggled with the dogs at pet therapy and go on numerous wagon rides. Throughout her stay she got stronger, faster, and had to overcome mixed emotions. A staff member from Avera Children’s said "When we saw how you reacted the first time you saw your little sister visit, we instantly knew what an amazing big sister you are." Nicole, RN.
Claire, you showed so much strength, determination and you truly are a Champion! You are a very special little girl. Congrats to you and your family.