LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2013) — Kentucky Children’s Hospital has announced that Harry Hilton, a four-year-old from Lexington, has been named this year's Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® Kentucky Champion.
On Saturday, Sept. 21, Harry’s family, friends and his former doctors and nurses will celebrate Harry’s selection as ambassador for the state of Kentucky with a "Send-Off Party" as he prepares for his upcoming trip where he will meet with Champions selected from each state. The Champions will gather during the annual official ambassador trip to Washington, D.C., and Orlando. The party will be held at 3 p.m. at Legacy All Sports, a Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® Corporate Partner, 261 Ruccio Way #105 in Lexington.
In addition to Harry’s Send-Off Party, Legacy All Sports will host a day-long fundraising event on Sept. 21 as part of National Gymnastics Day with proceeds benefiting Kentucky Children’s Hospital.
The son of Mike and Erin Hilton, Harry was chosen for facing his unique medical challenge with courage and will serve to illustrate the impact of Kentucky Children’s Hospital and why donated funds are needed for treatment, recovery and charitable care.
At 9 weeks old, he was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease — an autoimmune disease in which the arteries widen. Harry received an accurate diagnosis and treatment at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. His specific disease was especially high-risk, resulting in two more hospital stays before he received a clean bill of health. Today he is curious and compassionate, with a love of superheroes and music.
“We are delighted to introduce Harry Hilton and his family to the community, and to have them represent Kentucky Children’s Hospital,” said Chloe Hurley, program director for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. “The Champions program helps underscore the important charitable needs of children’s hospital, and Harry’s story is inspiring. It illustrates the important role that Kentucky Children’s Hospital played in his life and in the lives of thousands of children across the Commonwealth.”
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