Each month, CDTC staff nominate one of our children as our Hero of the Month. Each of these special boys and girls are heroes in our eyes. They show strength, perseverance, determination and a positive outlook while facing great challenges.
Their stories are powerful and heartwarming and reflect the impact CDTC and you, our community, has on their daily lives.
Caitlan Surgeon was born in 1998. Life was not easy for her family. Her young mother, Josephine, raised Caitlan on her own with a little support from Caitlan’s father. The duo overcame challenges with their health as well as housing, immigration, employment and times...read more
18-year-old Ebony is no stranger to struggle. A CDTC patient since 1999, she’s been part of our family for nearly all her life. She started the TAFT program two months ago. And, as she begins her journey into adulthood, her health and medical issues are just one small...read more
Meet Pierce Pierce is an adorable ex-preemie born seven weeks early. His parents brought him to Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center’s Early Steps Program with developmental and communication concerns when he was 15 months old. The Multidisciplinary team...read more
A Bundle of Energy At first glance, 5-year-old Tyler is just another energetic, outgoing little boy. Walking into CDTC for his appointment, he’s all smiles and excited to have gotten out of school early to have his picture taken. Meeting with his Care Coordinator...read more
Today, Blessin is a happy and healthy five year old girl, but she had a difficult and frightening start to life. Blessin was born premature and weighed just three pounds. Her mother underwent an emergency C-section and she was born with water in her brain. She spent...read more
Tony is a vibrant and intelligent 18 year old teenager who has been coming to Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center since he was just 10 days old. Tony was born with Cerebral Palsy and also suffers from hearing loss. CDTC provides many valuable services that...read more
Nick is a 24 year old young man who is a true success story! He began his care at CDTC at age 8 and participated in an innovative global study through our Research Program because he wanted to help others. Nick’s desire to help others has not changed; today, he...read more
Layla’s family is very grateful for CDTC’s Early Steps program and the positive impact it has had on their daughter’s development over the past 6 months. Layla Jean was born at only 29 weeks. During her 94 day NICU stay she endured countless medical...read more
Nine year old Kemani’s resilience amazes us all! Kemani has been a patient of CDTC since he was two months old. He was born with Spina bifida and has a ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt, which drains fluid from his brain. Unfortunately, the shunt has caused him a lot of...read more
Emmanuel is an 18 year-old spirited young man who makes everyone around him smile. He loves music, books, and going to church with his family. He has been coming to CDTC for medical care since he was a baby – as he needs specialized treatment given his diagnosis of...read more
Zaquoy is an exceptional 13 year old young man who was diagnosed with an extreme case of neurofibromatosis. He has undergone multiple surgeries to maintain his health and faces more in the future. Zaquoy has residual effects from the surgeries and experienced some...read more