11-year old Danielle, an inpatient at St. Mary’s, is a perfect example of a patient who was faced with hardship, but with hard work and determination was able to overcome incredible obstacles.

Danielle’s bravery and courage earned her the prestigious “Hero of the Month” award from the Kids Wish Network, a nationally recognized charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children.

Due to a chronic medical condition, Danielle has experienced multiple surgeries. Danielle came to St. Mary’s, a national leader in post-acute care for children with special needs and life-limiting conditions, to learn how to manage her condition, achieve independence, and grow. She surpassed all expectations, showing us that that the possibilities are endless and anything can be achieved.

Danielle was nominated by St. Mary’s staff for her courageous attitude and bravery in meeting her medical and rehabilitative goals, for being a role model to the other patients, and most of all, because of her dedication and high spirits even through the most difficult times. Danielle’s positive outlook is infectious, as other patients of the hospital often follow in her footsteps and look up to her.

To show Danielle that her hard work did not go unnoticed, the esteemed honor was accompanied by special gifts such as a hand-written card from Kids Wish Network, a certificate, a Hero of the Month t-shirt, and a gift card to Target.

Danielle’s inspirational story will give other children and their families the courage to stay strong and keep fighting. As Danielle showed us all, anything is possible.