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Letter from Our President - Winter 2013
It’s often the simplest moments in life that we take for granted—a hug from a child, sitting down with our families for a meal, or sharing laughter with family and friends. Yet for many families of children with severe behavioral or feeding disorders, chronic pain, and other disorders and injuries, these moments are difficult to come by. For these families, Kennedy Krieger is often the place they turn to when hope is all but lost.
In this issue, you’ll read about families who came to Kennedy Krieger for the care they couldn’t find anywhere else. When Luke McNair was in the third grade, his behavioral problems grew so severe that he was breaking windows with his head and hitting his three-year-old brother. His parents became so desperate that they considered making him a ward of the state, until a doctor recommended Kennedy Krieger’s neurobehavioral unit as a last resort. They flew across the country to get him the treatment he needed, and Luke emerged a “ten-times-better version of himself,” according to his mother.
When 13-year-old Perry Zimmerman needed intense physical therapy after surgery for osteosarcoma left her without the ability to walk, her family traveled to Kennedy Krieger because it was the only rehabilitation facility that offered what she needed.
And after Katie Bickford suffered debilitating chronic pain that left her unable to walk or attend school, an expert recommended the Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program at Kennedy Krieger; today, Katie is a regular teenager again.
All of these families turned to us for the expertise to help their children heal, and we gave them life-changing treatment. We are proud to play a role in helping these and so many other families get their lives back.
Gary W. Goldstein, MD