Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital patients Mary Quay and Ann Wilson will make a special trip to the nation’s capital July 23 through 25 to advocate for children’s health care. The girls will join a group of more than 25 children, each of whom knows firsthand the importance of high-quality, accessible pediatric care.
Mary Quay, 5, was born with spina bifida, a birth defect in which the backbone and spinal canal do not close before birth. She has received care and therapy at Le Bonheur since she was an infant. Her older sister Ann, 8, also received care at Le Bonheur for a soft clef palate, which was surgically repaired when she was almost a year old.
“Growing up in Memphis, we often took for granted the fact that we have not one, but two hospitals dedicated to the care of children,” said Cathy Wilson, the girls’ mother. “Now that both of our daughters have received treatment at Le Bonheur, we know why children’s hospitals are so important. They’re uniquely qualified. Children are not just little adults.”
The eighth annual Children’s Hospital Association event, called Family Advocacy Day, offers patients and their families an opportunity to share stories with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
“No one illustrates the importance of high quality children’s health care more effectively than a family who has received care at a children’s hospital,” Maureen O’Connor, director of Public Policy at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, said in a statement. “It’s crucial for our elected officials inWashingtonto hear from families about their experiences. Their stories are powerful and help to give all children a voice about the need for access to high quality, affordable health care and the continuing development of a specialized pediatric workforce.”