Some good news for a change!
The other day I received an email about an 8th grader named Nate who has turned his physical challenges into a special initiative to help raise money for pediatric research. This is some kid!
Rather than try and explain it all, I’m going to quote directly from the email I received. Check it out, and then go check out Generation Cures in conjunction with Children’s Hospital Boston.
Meet Nate. An active 13 year-old from Cape Cod in Massachusetts, Nate loves anything and everything related to sports – lacrosse, swimming and skiing to name a few. What makes Nate so special? He has indulged in his love for these sports, despite his scoliosis.
Diagnosed with the condition at age 10, Nate underwent vertebral stapling, a new procedure to help straighten the curved spines of kids with scoliosis in 2007. And, in early 2009, after a snowboarding accident (yeah, he didn’t listen to his Mom’s warning to be careful), doctors operated and used a special plate and an array of screws to repair Nate’s shattered left heel. These innovative procedures were made possible by funding given to the doctors and scientists at one of the world’s top pediatric research hospitals – Children’s Hospital Boston. Unfortunately, pediatric research in America is seriously underfunded and Children’s Hospital Boston founded Generation Cures (www.kids.generationcures.org) to make a dramatic difference.
Recently named Website of the Year by Mom’s Choice Awards, Generation Cures is a free online community for tweens where they can learn about their power to make a difference through original digital games, videos, music and webisodes. Most importantly, the educational content is fun!
As an active member of Generation Cures – and as a child who understands the need for pediatric research only too well – Nate recently joined forces with Generation Cures to issue Nate’s Challenge. A special summer initiative, Nate’s Challenge is seeking out 1500 families to sign up on the site, game for good and help raise money for pediatric research. Why 1500 families? That’s 100 families for the 7 staples and 8 screws that have been surgically implanted in Nate over the past two years. Check out Nate’s special challenge video here.