Amarillo 3-year-old honored as Hero of the Month


AMARILLO, Texas (April 9, 2015): Together with BSA Health System, children’s charity Kids Wish Network is excited to honor 3-year-old Xakkary Taylor as a Hero of the Month. Xakkary was nominated for the award for his bravery during a lengthy stay at the Amarillo facility.

“Xakkary is very brave and tough,” said his nominating Child Life Specialist. “Even though it was hard for him, he just kept hanging in there until it was time for him to go home.”

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.

Xakkary was admitted to BSA Health System hospital for a severe and rare case of pneumonia that required multiple procedures. Xakkary courageously suffered through a central tube, chest tubes, a feeding tube, catheter, breathing treatments, antibiotics, and lots of pain. The 3-year-old spent over 18 days at the facility, demonstrating bravery many, many times.

“After spending what seemed like forever in the hospital, Xakkary was who kept me strong and smiling,” said his mom Ashley Bannerman. “Now he’s a healthy, happy little boy once more, but I won’t forget the day I almost lost him to a severe case of pneumonia. Thank you, thank you so much for this award; it made his day!”

BSA Health System 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 almost 900 Heroes nationwide in 2013/14.

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

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