Local teen honored as Hero of the Month


NEWTON, Iowa (December 18, 2014): Together with Mercy Hospital, children’s charity Kids Wish Network is excited to honor Iowa teen Austin Stoulil as a 2014 Hero of the Month. Austin was nominated for the award for his bravery during a recent stay at the Des Moines facility.

Kids Wish Network’s Hero of the Month program recognizes children between the ages of 3 and 18 who have faced and overcome difficult circumstances, often enduring a great deal of pain and suffering. While they may not suffer from a life-threatening illness, these Heroes have dealt with life-altering situations, demonstrating extreme bravery and courage.

Austin was admitted to Mercy Hospital with a spontaneous collapsed lung. Throughout his approximately two-week stay, Austin endured numerous chest tube placements and other medical procedures. Staff at the facility said Austin exemplified a “perfect patient” and would do “whatever is necessary to get better.”

“We are very proud of our son and think that it is so nice of Kids Wish Network to do this program for the kids,” writes Austin’s dad Larry Stoulil. “Thank you very much for recognizing him for all that he has gone through already. This really made his day and ours as well.”

“The Hero of the Month program is a great way for us to acknowledge our patients and offer them an incentive for their hard work while being in the hospital,” adds Certified Child Life Specialist and Hero of the Month Coordinator Lisa Fox. Mercy and Fox have been partnering with Kids Wish Network to recognize deserving heroes since 2007.

Mercy Hospital is just one of hundreds of facilities across the United States that works with Kids Wish Network to honor brave kids. Each facility is able to nominate up to five Heroes per month, and each Hero is recognized with a Kids Wish Network certificate, t-shirt, and gift card. Kids Wish Network honored over 700 Heroes nationwide in 2012/13.

Kids Wish Network is a national charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experience life-altering situations. More than just granting wishes, Kids Wish Network makes a difference through its various programs by delivering hope to kids across the United States. Learn more at www.kidswishnetwork.org.

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