I would like to nominate Hannah for the August 2006 Hero of the Month Award.
Hannah is an 11 year old girl with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) who has been a patient at TSRHC since she was 6 days old. OI is commonly known as “brittle bone disorder” and is a genetic disorder characterized by bones that break easily and often for no apparent cause. A person with OI may break a rib while coughing or a leg by rolling over in their sleep. OI has been documented in all ethnic groups, and affects a person throughout their lifetime.
Although Hannah has experienced several broken bones and endured multiple medical procedures, she remains an active, energetic and upbeat child. Hannah began playing golf through the TSRHC Learn to Golf program and has joined in with other young girls from her community to be a part of the LPGA/USGA Girl’s Golf program. There she has made many friends and enjoys being a part of the group. There have been times when Hannah has had to miss golf events because of being in a cast or in the hospital for a procedure, yet through it all she keeps a positive attitude. Besides her involvement in golf Hannah enjoys playing the violin. She is a very good student at school and has a wonderful sense of humor.
I believe Hannah is an excellent example of what it means to be a Hero and hope you will agree that she is deserving of the Hero of the Month award.