7-year-old with cerebral palsy recognized as Hero of the Month

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OMAHA, Neb. (Jan. 28, 2015): Children’s charity Kids Wish Network, along with Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Twin Cities, is excited to honor Omaha 7-year-old Cooper Stiles as a Hero of the Month. Cooper was nominated for the award for his continued strength and bravery throughout many medical struggles.

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.

Cooper was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 9 months old and utilizes regular therapy to increase his muscle strength. As a result of his condition, Cooper suffers from complete paralysis on his right side, known as hemiplegia. Recently, Cooper was once again treated at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Twin Cities. He underwent two medical procedures while under anesthesia to help improve his condition.

Cooper’s nominator says he “is bright and determined to succeed. He does not want to be seen as ‘different’ and always gives 110%.”

Besides demonstrating courage, Cooper also shows compassion. He recently started a toy drive at his school with donations going to other hospitalized children.

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Twin Cities is 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 nationwide 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.

Shriners Hospital for Children ̶ Twin Cities provides care to children with a treatable orthopedic condition. All services are provided in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay. Learn more at ShrinersHospitalsforChildren.org/twincities.

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