Children’s Health℠ patient, Sim Scott, Plano, Texas, was recently selected to represent Texas through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champion program. Scott is the first patient ever from Children’s Health℠ to be chosen as an ambassador for Texas.
Every year, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champions program identifies a child with a remarkable medical story from each state. These champions serve as ambassadors for the 17 million children treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® annually. The champions and their families will travel to Washington, D.C. and Orlando, Fla., September 16 through 22 to meet with delegates and media to highlight the work taking place at pediatric hospitals.
“We are delighted to have Sim represent Texas and Children’s Health℠,” said Pete Kline, Children’s Medical Center Foundation President. “The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champions program is a great way to highlight the vital work of pediatric hospitals across the U.S., as well as provide a fun experience for patients and families.”
In June 2009, at age six, Scott was diagnosed with a grade II astrocytoma brain tumor, and had his first brain surgery for a biopsy. In August 2009, he underwent a second surgery and had 95 percent of the tumor removed, but it also weakened the muscles on the right side of his body. Since his surgeries, Scott manages diminished vision in one eye by covering the stronger eye for four hours a day, allowing the weaker one to catch up. He doesn’t let any of this slow him down, though. Earlier this year he started martial arts training to improve his balance, strength and stamina.
“Because of my time at Children’s Medical Center, I want to be a doctor someday,” said Scott. “Hopefully I’ll be able to help kids who are just like me.”
Plano Mayor, Phil Dyer, declared April 14 as “Sim Scott Day” to recognize his courage and compassion.