For the month of May I'm participating in the 31-Day Challenge at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). I've pledged to get active for 31 days to support cutting-edge research and care at CHOP!

Why I Participate

Abby is my Goddaughter.  She is energetic, she is funny, she is non-stop.  She loves to hang out with her cousins and has fun running around, jumping off/over/through anything in her way.  At age 2, Abby was diagnosed with Infantile Scoliosis.  Like with Adolescent Scoliosis, she has a severe curvature of her spine.  Unlike Adolescent Scoliosis, if untreated, Infantile Scoliosis can severely affect organs.  The treatment being proposed for Abby was to apply a Mehta cast on her for the first few years.  After casting, Abby would be moved into a brace until her body could handle rod surgery.  If her spine was not corrected by about age 5, her treatment would continue with surgeries.   

When choosing where Abby was going to be treated, CHOP offered the potential to get her casted while not being sedated.   This was very important to her parents.  She has now been through three castings, and on the third one Abby was casted awake.  As with all that she has endured since her diagnosis, Abby did an amazing job and was able to be casted awake!  With her accepting being casted awake, the doctors will be able to continue casting until she is corrected or until her body is able to handle rods in her spine.  Because at CHOP they are casting children awake, Abby has about 2 more years of the possibility of correction!  

The experience at CHOP so far has been remarkable.  Every person who engages with Abby treats her like family.  Abigail’s team makes Abby and her parents all feel at ease and continuously happy with the progress Abby is making!  If it weren’t for the doctor’s at CHOP, who are willing to try innovative or not widely used treatments, Abby would be having an entirely different experience.  Please help and support the wonderful people and things being done at CHOP! 

How You Can Help
Consider supporting me by making a tax-deductible donation as I take on my challenge to raise money for kids at CHOP. You can also join me along with thousands of others across the country and get active during May.