Ricky had been in abdominal pain for several days when he visited the ER. He and his family had no ides that his appendix had become so inflamed with infection that it had perforated, causing infection to spread throughout his abdomen. Several abscesses had formed and could only be treated by placing external drains. For an 11 year old with little history of medical concerns, Ricky had to quickly acclimate to the hospital climate of testing, treatments and procedures. He has stayed strong while facing painful drain changes and flushes. He has remained resilient throughout his courses of medications both oral and IV, along with placements of peripheral and central catheters. He has been brave when undergoing multiple surgical procedures to treat and drain the abscesses, and may have more surgery in his future. Ricky’s family has been patiently by his side throughout these trials, bringing him comfort and cheer. This award will allow us to recognize the difficulties he has endured the past few weeks in the hospital and provide him with encouragement for the challenges ahead.