Tree of Dreams

CHRISTMAS OUTREACH

On behalf of Pastors Gregory and Grace Dickow, we wanted to thank you for being a part of our Christmas outreach experience by sponsoring a child this holiday. 

Click here to see a quick recap video!

We had the beautiful opportunity to bring Christmas to kids who, due to health reasons, were in the hospital on Christmas Day. This outreach also provided gifts for children from low-income families throughout the Chicagoland area. The sponsored families are truly grateful for our support this Christmas.

As a Global Church, we also provided financial support to our Family of Churches, in order to bless the children in their communities this holiday season. We are partnered with Ministries in Peru, India, and Guatemala. 🌍 To give, click here. We are so thankful for you! 🎁

All of our children under our “Dream Tree” have been sponsored by amazing families within our Global Church. Feel free to read some of the stories below.

Tree of Dreams Children

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Joshua

Code: 1.1

Age: 9

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Wild Kratts, trains, airplanes, light up toys, and any toys for children with autism

Clothing Size: Mens, LG

Story: We are a very close family of three. We have overcome numerous obstacles together and have stayed positive through it all. I am a single mother, previously divorced, but having strong faith and supportive people around us is what carried us through. As a family, we have overcome many tough times, hospital visits, loss of sleep, and many tears. However, we never lost our faith. Prayer is always a continual part of our lives and is keeping us well through these uncertain times.

Overcoming: Joshua has autism and he has overcome 2 surgeries, 2 seizures, croup and other breathing/hearing issues over the years. He is still dealing with eczema and I am continually working on his speech. My sweet loving boy’s gentle personality shines when he feels safe, understood, accepted, and loved.

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Emani

Code: 1.2

Age: 8

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Dolls, ethnic barbies, dress up clothes, arts/crafts, and mermaids

Clothing Size: Kids 10/12

Story: We are a very close family of three. We have overcome numerous obstacles together and have stayed positive through it all. I am a single mother, previously divorced, but having strong faith and supportive people around us is what carried us through. As a family, we have overcome many tough times, hospital visits, loss of sleep, and have shed many tears. However, we never lost our faith. Prayer is always a continual part of our lives and is keeping us well through these uncertain times.

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. Her brother, Joshua, has been overcoming autism.

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Maurice

Code: 2.1

Age: 1

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Anything

Clothing Size: 9 months

Story: Maurice had an extended NICU stay due to medical complexities associated with premature and twin birth. He has lots of medical follow up and therapies to support his growth and development. My son has been in the hospital for so long, so it feels so good to have him home. My twins and my oldest son are doing better than ever!

Overcoming: He is finally home from the hospital for the first time since being born.

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Maurielle

Code: 2.2

Age: 1

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Anything

Clothing Size: 24 months

Story: My son has been in the hospital for so long, so it feels so good to have him home. My twins and my oldest son are doing better than ever!

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. Her twin brother, Maurice, is finally home from the hospital for the first time since being born.

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Myron

Code: 2.3

Age: 8

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Anything

Clothing Size: Kids 14

Story: My son has been in the hospital for so long, so it feels so good to have him home. My twins and my oldest son are doing better than ever!

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. His brother, Maurice, is finally home from the hospital for the first time since being born

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Diego

Code: 3.1

Age: 2

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Toy

Clothing Size: 3T

Story: I am a single parent with 3 children. I gave birth to premature twins in 2018. Having medically involved twins has been a challenge. I have not been able to work which is very hard financially. We are so happy to finally have our family home all together. Diego is just coming home after two years in transitional care. He is taking long breaks off ventilator and getting stronger and developing everyday.

Overcoming: Born premature with his twin brother, Isaias.

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Isaias

Code: 3.2

Age: 2

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Toy

Clothing Size: 3T

Story: I am a single parent with 3 children. I gave birth to premature twins in 2018. Having medically involved twins has been a challenge. I have not been able to work which is very hard financially. We are so happy to finally have our family home all together. Diego is just coming home after two years in transitional care. He is taking long breaks off ventilator and getting stronger and developing everyday.

Overcoming: Born premature with his twin brother, Diego.

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Melanie

Code: 3.3

Age: 18

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Gift Card

Clothing Size: Womens M

Story: I am a single parent with 3 children. I gave birth to premature twins in 2018. Having medically involved twins has been a challenge. I have not been able to work which is very hard financially. We are so happy to finally have our family home all together. Diego is just coming home after two years in transitional care. He is taking long breaks off ventilator and getting stronger and developing everyday.

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patients. Her brothers, Diego & Isaias, were born premature.

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Angelia

Code: 4.1

Age: 17

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Lip gloss/makeup and paint supplies

Overcoming: Angelia has had a lot of medical challenges throughout her life but it has been especially challenging this past year.

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Nasim

Code: 5.1

Age: 2

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Toys that can also be used in therapy

Clothing Size: 24 Months

Story: My child Nasim has been hospitalized for most of his life, since being born weighing only 2lbs 13oz. He is a fighter! He has a feeding tube and has never been able to feed by mouth. He has a neuromuscular disorder which also cause difficulty swallowing. He has multiple therapies during the week to help him progress. Nasim has 7 siblings at home who love and adore him! We are all grateful that Nasim’s been able to overcome all of these challenges!

Overcoming: Neuromuscular disorder, difficulty swallowing.

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Kaiden

Code: 5.2

Age: 5

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Cars and coloring supplies

Clothing Size: Youth 7

Story: His baby brother has been hospitalized for most of his life, since being born weighing only 2lbs 13oz. We love him and are all grateful that Nasim’s been able to overcome all of these challenges!

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. His brother is overcoming many obstacles, including neuromuscular disorder and difficulty swallowing.

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Derion

Code: 5.3

Age: 7

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Trucks and coloring books

Clothing Size: Youth 8

Story: His baby brother has been hospitalized for most of his life, since being born weighing only 2lbs 13oz. We love him and are all grateful that Nasim’s been able to overcome all of these challenges!

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. His brother is overcoming many obstacles, including neuromuscular disorder and difficulty swallowing.

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Keyarah

Code: 5.4

Age: 9

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Diary, art supplies, and LOL dolls

Clothing Size: Youth 12

Story: Her baby brother has been hospitalized for most of his life, since being born weighing only 2lbs 13oz. We love him and are all grateful that Nasim’s been able to overcome all of these challenges!

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. Her brother is overcoming many obstacles, including neuromuscular disorder and difficulty swallowing.

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Davion

Code: 5.5

Age: 10

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Basketball and art supplies

Clothing Size: Youth 12-14

Story: His baby brother has been hospitalized for most of his life, since being born weighing only 2lbs 13oz. We love him and are all grateful that Nasim’s been able to overcome all of these challenges!

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. His brother is overcoming many obstacles, including neuromuscular disorder and difficulty swallowing.

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Kamari

Code: 5.6

Age: 13

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Basketball and art supplies

Clothing Size: 14 Slim

Story: Her baby brother has been hospitalized for most of his life, since being born weighing only 2lbs 13oz. We love him and are all grateful that Nasim’s been able to overcome all of these challenges!

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. Her brother is overcoming many obstacles, including neuromuscular disorder and difficulty swallowing.

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Zoe

Code: 6.1

Age: 12

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Hatchimals and a “Wubble Bubble” ball

Clothing Size: 12

Story: We are a family in transition. In the last year we have had a lot of life changes, including going through a divorce, losing almost everything in a fire, a new baby, & supporting Zoë through a traumatic hip surgery & bone infection. Things have been hectic but we have each other.

Overcoming: Zoe is overcoming Cerebral Palsy.

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Zaria

Code: 6.2

Age: 11

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: African American holiday barbie

Clothing Size: 14

Story: We are a family in transition. In the last year we have had a lot of life changes, including going through a divorce, losing almost everything in a fire, a new baby, & supporting Zoë through a traumatic hip surgery & bone infection. Things have been hectic but we have each other.

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. Her sister, Zoe, is overcoming Cerebral Palsy.

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Zayna

Code: 6.3

Age: 1

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Minnie Mouse (plush toys or books)

Clothing Size: 2T

Story: We are a family in transition. In the last year we have had a lot of life changes, including going through a divorce, losing almost everything in a fire, a new baby, & supporting Zoë through a traumatic hip surgery & bone infection. Things have been hectic but we have each other.

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. Her sister, Zoe, is overcoming Cerebral Palsy.

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Zakariah

Code: 6.4

Age: 3

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse toys

Clothing Size: 4T

Story: We are a family in transition. In the last year we have had a lot of life changes, including going through a divorce, losing almost everything in a fire, a new baby, & supporting Zoë through a traumatic hip surgery & bone infection. Things have been hectic but we have each other.

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. His sister, Zoe, is overcoming Cerebral Palsy.

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Savannah

Code: 7.1

Age: 11

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Headphones and beauty supplies

Clothing Size: 12

Story: I am a single mom and it’s very hard for me to work while taking care of my daughter. I am still figuring out what I am going to do. I’ve just been trying to hold on. THANK GOD that you guys are offering to help us this Christmas as I wouldn’t have been able to get her anything. Thank you SO much. I appreciate everything!

Overcoming: She is overcoming a gastrointestinal disorder, her allergies, her self-esteem issues, and loneliness.

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Nelson (DJ)

Code: 8.1

Age: 6

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Hot wheels

Clothing Size: 8

Story: We’ve been through trials and tribulations such as homelessness, domestic violence, and loss of those close to us. However, we’ve been blessed to see the brighter side of life by allowing the moments together to overcome everything. DJ is a bright boy who loves school. He immerses himself into his work and his personality shines through it. Jaden is a firework in a tiny body. He’s outgoing and assertive and loves to be loved.

Overcoming: He is currently overcoming the loss of his grandfather to cancer.

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Jaden

Code: 8.2

Age: 3

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Hot wheels

Clothing Size: 5

Story: We’ve been through trials and tribulations such as homelessness, domestic violence, and loss of those close to us. However, we’ve been blessed to see the brighter side of life by allowing the moments together to overcome everything. Jaden is a firework in a tiny body. He’s outgoing, assertive and loves to be loved.

Overcoming: He is currently overcoming the loss of his grandfather to cancer.

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Marcus

Code: 9.1

Age: 2

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Playskool Flashlight

Clothing Size: 3T

Story: I’m a single mother of 4 handsome boys. The first year after having my twins was really hard as my babies were being treated at two different hospitals. Then, I was only able to bring one home after 6 weeks which was so heartbreaking. However, we are so happy to have Marcus HOME finally. He loves being home with his big brothers!

Overcoming: Our biggest goals for Marcus are for him to be more self-reliant like his twin brother. He is trying to learn how to walk on his own, stand on his own, feed by mouth rather than by tube, and to breathe without a vent.

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Quincy

Code: 9.2

Age: 18

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Gift Card

Story: I’m a single mother of 4 handsome boys. The first year after having my twins was really hard as my babies were being treated at two different hospitals. Then, I was only able to bring one home after 6 weeks which was so heartbreaking. However, we are so happy to have Marcus HOME finally. He loves being home with his big brothers!

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. His baby brother is overcoming many obstacles, as he was hospitalized for most of his life.

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Kal'El

Code: 9.3

Age: 8

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Gift Card

Story: I’m a single mother of 4 handsome boys. The first year after having my twins was really hard as my babies were being treated at two different hospitals. Then, I was only able to bring one home after 6 weeks which was so heartbreaking. However, we are so happy to have Marcus HOME finally. He loves being home with his big brothers!

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. His baby brother is overcoming many obstacles, as he was hospitalized for most of his life.

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Marlin

Code: 9.4

Age: 2

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Playskool Flashlight

Clothing Size: 3T

Story: I’m a single mother of 4 handsome boys. The first year after having my twins was really hard as my babies were being treated at two different hospitals. Then, I was only able to bring one home after 6 weeks which was so heartbreaking. However, we are so happy to have Marcus HOME finally. He loves being home with his big brothers!

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. His TWIN brother is overcoming many obstacles, as he was hospitalized for most of his life.

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Simeon

Code: 10.1

Age: 12

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Hand games and Nikes

Clothing Size: Mens M, Size 9 shoe

Story: Simeon was diagnosed with autism and eczema. He sometimes has a hard time defending himself around other children. All my kids LOVE Christmas and they are grateful to receiving anything you’re able to give. Thank you so much!

Overcoming: Simeon has autism and is currently overcoming aggression and self defense.

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Skylar

Code: 10.2

Age: 9

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Hand games and beauty accessories

Clothing Size: Youth XL

Story: All my kids LOVE Christmas and they are grateful to receiving anything you’re able to give. Thank you so much!

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. Her brother, Simeon, has been diagnosed with Autism and is overcoming different obstacles

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Tyshawn

Code: 10.3

Age: 7

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Hand games and cool toys

Clothing Size: Kids 12

Story: All my kids LOVE Christmas and they are grateful to receiving anything you’re able to give. Thank you so much!

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. His brother, Simeon, has been diagnosed with Autism and is overcoming different obstacles.

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Tyreese

Code: 10.4

Age: 5

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Electronic Games

Clothing Size: Kids 10

Story: All my kids LOVE Christmas and they are grateful to receiving anything you’re able to give. Thank you so much!

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. His brother, Simeon, has been diagnosed with Autism and is overcoming different obstacles.

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Zyland

Code: 11.1

Age: 2

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Cars

Clothing Size: 3T

Story: Within a month of my son being born, he was rushed to the hospital and after hours of waiting, we finally found out Zy’land had coarctation of the aorta. He stayed in the hospital for months. Those were the scariest times as we’ve been told he wasn’t gonna to make it and that there was nothing else they could do. But now he’s HOME and he is talking great and trying to walk. His heart remains okay right now and we are hoping it stays that way for the rest of his life.

Overcoming: He is overcoming his lung disease! He has already overcome needing his g tube and is now eating food all by himself.

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London

Code: 11.2

Age: 6

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Anything

Clothing Size: 6/7

Story: We are so happy our miracle baby is HOME and we can celebrate the holidays together as a family!

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. Her brother, Zyland, has been overcoming his lung disease.

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Leilani

Code: 11.3

Age: 3 Months

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Teddy Bear & Clothes

Clothing Size: 3 Months

Story: We are so happy our miracle baby is HOME and we can celebrate the holidays together as a family!

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. Her brother, Zyland, has been overcoming his lung disease.

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Luz Daniel

Code: 12.1

Age: 1

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Toys

Clothing Size: 18 Months

Story: We are a family of 6! My baby was born at 33 weeks and had to stay in the nicu for a 2 months. This year, our 2 older daughters were diagnosed with diabetes type 1. 2020 has been hard on us but we have each other and my kids are warriors!

Overcoming: Luz Daniel has been diagnosed with DSD Disorder.

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Suheidi

Code: 12.2

Age: 12

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Toys

Clothing Size: Girls 14-16

Story: We are a family of 6! My baby was born at 33 weeks and had to stay in the nicu for a 2 months. This year, our 2 older daughters were diagnosed with diabetes type 1. 2020 has been hard on us but we have each other and my kids are warriors!

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. Her brother, Luz Daniel, has been diagnosed with DSD disorder. Suheidi has also been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes this year

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Shanney

Code: 12.3

Age: 11

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Toys

Clothing Size: Girls 14-16

Story: We are a family of 6! My baby was born at 33 weeks and had to stay in the nicu for a 2 months. This year, our 2 older daughters were diagnosed with diabetes type 1. 2020 has been hard on us but we have each other and my kids are warriors!

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. Her brother, Luz Daniel, has been diagnosed with DSD disorder. Shanney has also been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes this year.

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Alexander

Code: 12.4

Age: 6

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Toys

Clothing Size: Boys 12

Story: We are a family of 6! My baby was born at 33 weeks and had to stay in the nicu for a 2 months. This year, our 2 older daughters were diagnosed with diabetes type 1. 2020 has been hard on us but we have each other and my kids are warriors!

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. His brother, Luz Daniel, has been diagnosed with DSD disorder and is overcoming different obstacles.

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Lluvia

Code: 12.5

Age: 2

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Toys

Clothing Size: 3-4T

Story: We are a family of 6! My baby was born at 33 weeks and had to stay in the nicu for a 2 months. This year, our 2 older daughters were diagnosed with diabetes type 1. 2020 has been hard on us but we have each other and my kids are warriors!

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. His brother, Luz Daniel, has been diagnosed with DSD disorder and is overcoming different obstacles.

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Ethan

Code: 13.1

Age: 12

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Gamestop or Panera Gift Card

Clothing Size: Youth 16

Overcoming: He is boldly overcoming being bullied and asthma exacerbations.

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Anissa

Code: 14.1

Age: 7

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Art supplies, barbie clothing, and markers

Clothing Size: Girls 12

Story: I am very happy to be part of my granddaughters lives. Ever since their mother passed away, I have been their guardian. We have had a challenging year, but they are very loving girls who love to dance, draw, and pray for others!

Overcoming: They are overcoming the passing of their mother.

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Arielle

Code: 14.2

Age: 7

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Barbie clothing, LOL doll

Clothing Size: Girls 10

Story: I am very happy to be part of my granddaughters lives. Ever since their mother passed away, I have been their guardian. We have had a challenging year, but they are very loving girls who love to dance, draw, and pray for others!

Overcoming: They are overcoming the passing of their mother.

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Landon

Code: 15.1

Age: 5

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Bubbles, dinosaurs, and cars

Clothing Size: Boys 9

Story: We are a family of three! Myself, big brother Lance, and little brother Landon. We love each other through the hard times and all of the struggles. It’s a content reminder of the compassion we have for each other. Landon is on a constant uprise from his adversity and he is very resilient.

Overcoming: He has been diagnosed with autism and has struggled with severe lead poisoning. Landon is not verbal, but he expresses his love and appreciation every day through hugs and kisses.

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Lance

Code: 15.2

Age: 7

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Cars

Clothing Size: Boys 9

Story: We are a family of three! Myself, big brother Lance, and little brother Landon. We love each other through the hard times and all of the struggles. It’s a content reminder of the compassion we have for each other. Lance is a wonderful big brother.

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. His brother, Landon, has been diagnosed with autism.

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Antione

Code: 16.1

Age: 5

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Socks, underwear, undershirts, ninja turtles, and paw patrol toys

Clothing Size: 6T

Story: Antione and Antionette are twins and we’re born prematurely. Antione has ongoing respiratory issues due to his immature lungs and narrow airway. The twin’s mother is a single mom who does not work outside the home at this time and struggles to make ends meet. Like many families, navigating the health care system has been difficult for this family, however, this mom is diligent about getting Antione to his medical appointments and getting him is medications. Mom has to take the bus with both children for Antione’s medical appointments. She works hard to ensure that her children are healthy and well cared for. Their grandmother also contracted covid-19 and passed away in November.

Overcoming: Antoine was born prematurely which has impacted his respiratory health.

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Antionette

Code: 16.2

Age: 5

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Socks, underwear, undershirts, Minnie mouse toys, and cat-in-the-hat

Clothing Size: 6T

Story: Antione and Antionette are twins and we’re born prematurely. Antione has ongoing respiratory issues due to his immature lungs and narrow airway. The twin’s mother is a single mom who does not work outside the home at this time and struggles to make ends meet. Like many families, navigating the health care system has been difficult for this family, however, this mom is diligent about getting Antione to his medical appointments and getting him is medications. Mom has to take the bus with both children for Antione’s medical appointments. She works hard to ensure that her children are healthy and well cared for. Their grandmother also contracted covid-19 and passed away in November.

Overcoming: Antionette was born prematurely

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Gabriel

Code: 17.1

Age: 15

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Watch or Target Gift Card

Story: Malik and Gabriel are young men who have faced significant family challenges including sudden loss of their dad and separation from their mom. Grandma Shirley is now their guardian and she is doing the best that she can to provide them with stability, love and resources. She specifically requested a watch for Gabe so that it will help him tell time better and learn organizational skills. Thank you for your generosity!

Overcoming: Gabriel is overcoming the loss of his parents

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Malik

Code: 17.2

Age: 16

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Target Gift Card

Story: Malik and Gabriel are young men who have faced significant family challenges including sudden loss of their dad and separation from their mom. Grandma Shirley is now their guardian and she is doing the best that she can to provide them with stability, love and resources. She specifically requested a watch for Gabe so that it will help him tell time better and learn organizational skills. Thank you for your generosity!

Overcoming: Malik is overcoming the loss of his parents

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Jesus

Code: 18.1

Age: 1

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Toys

Clothing Size: 2T

Story: My son was born with dilated cardiomyopathy, with only 11% function. He keeps working his way up – my baby has been a fighter!

Overcoming: Jesus is overcoming his heart failure.

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Joseph

Code: 18.2

Age: 5

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Trains

Clothing Size: 6

Story: His baby brother was born with dilated cardiomyopathy. Joseph has been a great big brother through this tough year.

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. His baby brother is overcoming his heart failure

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Javier

Code: 18.3

Age: 7

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Toys

Clothing Size: 7

Story: His baby brother was born with dilated cardiomyopathy. Javier has been a great big brother through this tough year.

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. His baby brother is overcoming his heart failure

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Roberto

Code: 19.1

Age: 4

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Dinosaurs and Control Trucks

Clothing Size: Boys 10-12

Story: Due to the pandemic, I am not able to work and my kids are not able to have a normal Christmas the way they usually love to. Roberto struggles with his asthma but he is really sweet and smart! He loves to play with dinosaurs and cars. Thank you for your help!

Overcoming: He is overcoming his asthma.

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Kennia

Code: 19.2

Age: 2

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Baby dolls and a play kitchen set

Clothing Size: Girls 4-5

Story: Due to the pandemic, I am not able to work and my kids are not able to have a normal Christmas the way they usually love to. Kennia is almost 2 and she’s my beautiful girl who loves to learn new things and play with baby-dolls. Thank you for your help!

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient.

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Yojan

Code: 19.3

Age: 13

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: PS4 game “WWE2020” and Control Cars

Clothing Size: Youth 18

Story: Due to the pandemic, I am not able to work and my kids are not able to have a normal Christmas the way they usually love to. Yojan is my sweet 13 years old boy. He is so caring and shy but he loves to learn new things. Thank you for your help!

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient.

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Matthew

Code: 20.1

Age: 12

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Gaming Headset with Microphone

Clothing Size: LG

Story: We are a family of 5 and we are going through a lot right now as we recently lost my husband to Covid-19. We are just really hurting and it’s not the same having to celebrate the holidays without him.

Overcoming: Overcoming the loss of his father, due to Covid.

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Xavier

Code: 20.2

Age: 16

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Gift Card

Clothing Size: LG

Story: We are a family of 5 and we are going through a lot right now as we recently lost my husband to Covid-19. We are just really hurting and it’s not the same having to celebrate the holidays without him.

Overcoming: Overcoming the loss of his father, due to Covid.

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Ezra

Code: 21.1

Age: 2

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Thermos FUNtainer 12 oz (Guardians of the Galaxy or Marvel),
a battery powered kids toothbrush, anything that vibrates, and shea moisture hair cream for curls

Clothing Size: 2/3T

Story: We are a large, medically complex family consisting of foster, adoptive, and biological children. We have 7 children in total and the siblings of our medically complex kiddos are amazing and they do so much. We are so proud of our oldest, Azalea, who is going to college this year. Thank you so much for helping our family! Please keep us in your prayers.

Overcoming: He has continued to overcome so much in his short life. He has cerebral palsy, he is visually & hearing impaired, and he has had multiple surgeries this year. He is tube fed but he recently started to take sips with a straw cup. We just found out his artery is on top of his trachea so please pray about that.

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Azalea

Code: 21.2

Age: 17

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Sherpa weighted blanket, Gift Cards, or anything for college

Clothing Size: LG

Story: We are a large, medically complex family consisting of foster, adoptive, and biological children. We have 7 children in total and the siblings of our medically complex kiddos are amazing and they do so much. We are so proud of our oldest, Azalea, who is going to college this year. Thank you so much for helping our family! Please keep us in your prayers.

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. Her baby brother is overcoming many obstacles, as he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

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Magnolia

Code: 21.3

Age: 12

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Rose gold plant-mister, hot glue gun/glue sticks for crafts, Justice fuzzy fleece, or leggings

Clothing Size: Girls 16

Story: We are a large, medically complex family consisting of foster, adoptive, and biological children. We have 7 children in total and the siblings of our medically complex kiddos are amazing and they do so much. We are so proud of our oldest, Azalea, who is going to college this year. Thank you so much for helping our family! Please keep us in your prayers.

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. Her baby brother is overcoming many obstacles, as he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

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Lilette

Code: 21.4

Age: 10

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Her ONE special wish is a life-like Santa/North Pole snow globe

Clothing Size: 12

Story: We are a large, medically complex family consisting of foster, adoptive, and biological children. We have 7 children in total and the siblings of our medically complex kiddos are amazing and they do so much. We are so proud of our oldest, Azalea, who is going to college this year. Thank you so much for helping our family! Please keep us in your prayers.

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. Her baby brother is overcoming many obstacles, as he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

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Linnea

Code: 21.5

Age: 6

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Unicorn tapestry, unicorn bath towel, and basically anything with unicorns

Clothing Size: 7

Story: We are a large, medically complex family consisting of foster, adoptive, and biological children. We have 7 children in total and the siblings of our medically complex kiddos are amazing and they do so much. We are so proud of our oldest, Azalea, who is going to college this year. Thank you so much for helping our family! Please keep us in your prayers.

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. Her baby brother is overcoming many obstacles, as he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

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Amaryllis

Code: 21.6

Age: 2.5

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Minnie Mouse weighted blanket and new underwear

Clothing Size: 3/4T

Story: We are a large, medically complex family consisting of foster, adoptive, and biological children. We have 7 children in total and the siblings of our medically complex kiddos are amazing and they do so much. We are so proud of our oldest, Azalea, who is going to college this year. Thank you so much for helping our family! Please keep us in your prayers.

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. Her baby brother is overcoming many obstacles, as he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

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Olliver

Code: 21.7

Age: 5.5

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: The original potty training watch (that sings)

Clothing Size: 7

Story: We are a large, medically complex family consisting of foster, adoptive, and biological children. We have 7 children in total and the siblings of our medically complex kiddos are amazing and they do so much. We are so proud of our oldest, Azalea, who is going to college this year. Thank you so much for helping our family! Please keep us in your prayers.

Overcoming: Our boy has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, autism, traumatic brain injury, cortical vision impairment and he is tube fed. We are currently trying to get him potty trained.

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Brielle

Code: 22.1

Age: 2

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Puzzles, block sorters, touch to feel books, baby doll, long sleeve onesies, winter coat

Clothing Size: 18 months

Story: Thank you for your generosity this year with helping our family. I am a mom with two daughters. Brielle has been diagnosed with Cloves Syndrome – she is disabled and stays at home mostly, other than going to numerous appointments. I have another 6 year old daughter, Ja’leigha and we would like to thank you again for helping our family! Merry Christmas!

Overcoming: My girl has been diagnosed with Cloves Syndrome.

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Ja'leigha

Code: 22.2

Age: 6

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Anything Jojo Siwa, baby alive dolls, size 1 youth girls socks and underwear, 8/10 in winter coat, slime, and Barbie dolls

Clothing Size: 1 youth/ 8-10 girls

Story: Thank you for your generosity this year with helping our family. I am a mom with two daughters. Brielle has been diagnosed with Cloves Syndrome – she is disabled and stays at home mostly, other than going to numerous appointments. I have another 6 year old daughter, Ja’leigha and we would like to thank you again for helping our family! Merry Christmas!

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. Her baby sister is overcoming many obstacles, as she was diagnosed with Cloves Syndrome.

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Ja'Meer

Code: 23.1

Age: 2

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Toy Cars

Clothing Size: 2T

Story: My boy was born at 26 weeks and has a trachea and a g tube. Thank you for thinking of us this Christmas!

Overcoming: He has a trachea & is overcoming his breathing abnormalities.

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Ju'Vontae

Code: 23.2

Age: 18

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Gift Card

Clothing Size: Mens LG

Story: My youngest boy was born at 26 weeks and has a trachea and a g tube. Ju’Vontae is my oldest and is so helpful. Thank you for thinking of us this Christmas!

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. His baby brother is overcoming his breathing abnormalities

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Sienna

Code: 24.1

Age: 2

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Books, light up toys, and toys that sing

Clothing Size: 18-24 Months

Story: My baby spent her first 18 months in the hospital and has only been home for 6 months. I help raise my sister’s daughter, Aubrielle, as well. It has been difficult to provide for my little family because of Sienna’s medical problems. I appreciate your thoughtfulness this Christmas season. Merry Christmas and thank you so much!

Overcoming: She was born very premature and has multiple medical problems. She can’t breath unassisted and she is overcoming her vision problems.

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Aubrielle

Code: 24.2

Age: 8 months

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Light up toys, books, and teething toys

Clothing Size: 12 Months

Story: My baby spent her first 18 months in the hospital and has only been home for 6 months. I help raise my sister’s daughter, Aubrielle, as well. It has been difficult to provide for my little family because of Sienna’s medical problems. I appreciate your thoughtfulness this Christmas season. Merry Christmas and thank you so much!

Overcoming: She is raised by her aunt. Her cousin is a hospital patient who was born very premature and is overcoming many medical problems.

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Nathan

Code: 25.1

Age: 9

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Jurassic Park toys

Story: The mother of these children, Nicole, is a very strong and special mother. She always tells me how much she loves her children. Her children have many appointments and she takes them to each one and makes sure to get all medications needed. Mom is the best advocate for her children and also makes sure they receive the most appropriate and best school services. This year, Nathan and his two siblings require extra help from their mom to navigate E-learning.

Overcoming: Nathan has a chronic medical condition that requires frequent treatment throughout the day.

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Gianni

Code: 25.2

Age: 7

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Spiderman toys

Story: The mother of these children, Nicole, is a very strong and special mother. She always tells me how much she loves her children. Her children have many appointments and she takes them to each one and makes sure to get all medications needed. Mom is the best advocate for her children and also makes sure they receive the most appropriate and best school services. This year, Nathan and his two siblings require extra help from their mom to navigate E-learning.

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. His brother, Nathan, has a chronic medical condition.

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Marcellus

Code: 25.3

Age: 8

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Baby Yoda toys

Story: The mother of these children, Nicole, is a very strong and special mother. She always tells me how much she loves her children. Her children have many appointments and she takes them to each one and makes sure to get all medications needed. Mom is the best advocate for her children and also makes sure they receive the most appropriate and best school services. This year, Nathan and his two siblings require extra help from their mom to navigate E-learning.

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. His brother, Nathan, has a chronic medical condition.

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Emily

Code: 26.1

Age: 2

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Musical / Light Up Toys

Story: Our daughter Emily has many medical and developmental appointments to help with her global delays. She takes medicines but sometimes they don’t help her feel better. She is a fighter and she’s so strong. Both of our daugthers are the sweetest little girls. Thank you so much for thinking of us this Christmas!

Overcoming: Global Developmental Delay.

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Evelin

Code: 26.2

Age: 1

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Musical / Light Up Toys (soft)

Story: Our daughter Emily has many medical and developmental appointments to help with her global delays. She takes medicines but sometimes they don’t help her feel better. She is a fighter and she’s so strong. Both of our daugthers are the sweetest little girls. Thank you so much for thinking of us this Christmas!

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. Her sister, Emily, is overcoming Global Developmental Delay.

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Angelo

Code: 27.1

Age: 17

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Baby Yoda Grogu or $25 Costco Gift Card

Clothing Size: Mens M

Story: We are a DCFS home and we have adopted 3 children with medical needs. I have not been able to go to work with all the craziness that we have on top of the pandemic. We have heart, cancer, epilepsy, ADHD, kidney, and other medical issues. Thank you for your help this Christmas!

Overcoming: Bone cancer & heart failure. Angelo is an orphan and lost both his parents to cancer but is a part of a foster family.

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Maximillian

Code: 27.2

Age: 16

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Mandalorian gift

Clothing Size: Mens M

Story: We are a DCFS home and we have adopted 3 children with medical needs. I have not been able to go to work with all the craziness that we have on top of the pandemic. We have heart, cancer, epilepsy, ADHD, kidney, and other medical issues. Thank you for your help this Christmas!

Overcoming: Variety of medical issues.

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Dietrich

Code: 27.3

Age: 15

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: LED Lights for gaming

Clothing Size: Mens M

Story: We are a DCFS home and we have adopted 3 children with medical needs. I have not been able to go to work with all the craziness that we have on top of the pandemic. We have heart, cancer, epilepsy, ADHD, kidney, and other medical issues. Thank you for your help this Christmas!

Overcoming: Variety of medical issues.

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Raiden

Code: 27.4

Age: 13

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: LED Lights for gaming

Clothing Size: Mens M

Story: We are a DCFS home and we have adopted 3 children with medical needs. I have not been able to go to work with all the craziness that we have on top of the pandemic. We have heart, cancer, epilepsy, ADHD, kidney, and other medical issues. Thank you for your help this Christmas!

Overcoming: Variety of medical issues.

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Janna

Code: 27.5

Age: 9

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Swim cap, swimsuit, and goggles

Clothing Size: Womens S

Story: We are a DCFS home and we have adopted 3 children with medical needs. I have not been able to go to work with all the craziness that we have on top of the pandemic. We have heart, cancer, epilepsy, ADHD, kidney, and other medical issues. Thank you for your help this Christmas!

Overcoming: Variety of medical issues.

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Kaela

Code: 27.6

Age: 17

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Pretty lamp for her bedroom

Clothing Size: Womens S

Story: We are a DCFS home and we have adopted 3 children with medical needs. I have not been able to go to work with all the craziness that we have on top of the pandemic. We have heart, cancer, epilepsy, ADHD, kidney, and other medical issues. Thank you for your help this Christmas!

Overcoming: Variety of medical issues.

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Santos

Code: 28.1

Age: 18

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: LEGOS

Story: Santos has spent 4 years entering and leaving the hospital due to his multiple diseases and syndromes. Even though he cannot eat or drink, he loves food and would love to be a chef. He has 4 sisters who love spending time and playing with him when he is home. Due to his pain and complications, he spends most of his time in the hospital, but when he is at home, we love watching movies together as a family.

Overcoming: Multiple diseases and syndromes.

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Galilea

Code: 28.2

Age: 11

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Air clay or “Little Pet Shop”

Story: Older brother, Santos has spent 4 years entering and leaving the hospital due to his multiple diseases and syndromes. Even though he cannot eat or drink, he loves food and would love to be a chef. He has 4 sisters who love spending time and playing with him when he is home. Due to his pain and complications, he spends most of his time in the hospital, but when he is at home, we love watching movies together as a family.

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Luna

Code: 28.3

Age: 2

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Dolls

Story: Older brother, Santos has spent 4 years entering and leaving the hospital due to his multiple diseases and syndromes. Even though he cannot eat or drink, he loves food and would love to be a chef. He has 4 sisters who love spending time and playing with him when he is home. Due to his pain and complications, he spends most of his time in the hospital, but when he is at home, we love watching movies together as a family.

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Italia

Code: 28.4

Age: 7

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: “Little Pet Shop” accessories

Story: Older brother, Santos has spent 4 years entering and leaving the hospital due to his multiple diseases and syndromes. Even though he cannot eat or drink, he loves food and would love to be a chef. He has 4 sisters who love spending time and playing with him when he is home. Due to his pain and complications, he spends most of his time in the hospital, but when he is at home, we love watching movies together as a family.

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Sofia

Code: 29.1

Age: 3

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Toys that make sound

Story: Our family came to Illinois due to Sofia’s illness, all the way from Honduras.
Thank you very much for your generosity this Christmas!

Overcoming: Zika Virus, Seizures, and Cerebral Palsy.

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Ian

Code: 29.2

Age: 2

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: A Winter Coat

Clothing Size: 2T

Story: Our family came to Illinois due to Sofia’s illness, all the way from Honduras.
Thank you very much for your generosity this Christmas!

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. His sister, Sofia, is overcoming zika virus, seizures, and cerebal palsy.

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Alex

Code: 29.3

Age: 4

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: A Winter Coat

Clothing Size: 4T

Story: Our family came to Illinois due to Sofia’s illness, all the way from Honduras.
Thank you very much for your generosity this Christmas!

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. His sister, Sofia, is overcoming zika virus, seizures, and cerebal palsy.

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Anna Maria

Code: 30.1

Age: 9

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Floor Puzzles/Any type of puzzle

Story: Anna is 9 years old and has down syndrome. However, we are all healthy and THANKFUL. We love our girl and she is always full of energy.

Overcoming: She has been diagnosed with Down syndrome.

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Andrew

Code: 30.2

Age: 14

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Anything!

Story: Andrew’s sister, Anna, is 9 years old and has down syndrome. However, we are all healthy and THANKFUL. Andrew is such an amazing help! We love our girl and she is always full of energy.

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. His little sister, Anna, has been diagnosed with Down syndrome.

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Louis

Code: 31.1

Age: 1

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Diapers (size 3) and Books

Story: When my boys were born at 25 weeks, they were given a 50% chance of survival. Over the course of their NICU stay, we had some of the scariest moments and worst phone calls of our lives. They were considered “wimpy white boys” and boy did they prove them wrong!! These boys have gone through more than any baby should ever have to go through and our family has gained a new perspective on what truly matters in life. I find myself getting upset about all of the “firsts” we have missed and holidays we spent at the hospital but I am also so blessed with the miracles we witnessed every day. Louie was transported after 1 week for coarctation of the aorta, 11 blood transfusions, 1 spinal tap, 1 PICC line, was told he wasn’t getting better and was put on a jet ventilator and on a paralytic. He was intubated for 81 days, transported 3 times, had 2 rounds of steroids for lungs, ROP eye injections, laser eye surgery, hernia repair surgery, adrenal insufficiency, 3 ENT scopes, heart surgery to repair coarctation, upper GI study, intubation damage to vocal chords, and a g tube placement. Thank you so much for thinking of our family this Christmas!

Overcoming: He and his twin were born at 25 weeks. They spent 200 days at the hospital where they endured many surgeries. Louis is fed 100% through the tube. He is struggling with swallowing and his vocal issues.

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James

Code: 31.2

Age: 1

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: Diapers (size 3), Books and Blocks

Story: When my boys were born at 25 weeks, they were given a 50% chance of survival. Over the course of their NICU stay, we had some of the scariest moments and worst phone calls of our lives. They were considered “wimpy white boys” and boy did they prove them wrong!! These boys have gone through more than any baby should ever have to go through and our family has gained a new perspective on what truly matters in life. I find myself getting upset about all of the “firsts” we have missed and holidays we spent at the hospital but I am also so blessed with the miracles we witnessed every day. Louie was transported after 1 week for coarctation of the aorta, 11 blood transfusions, 1 spinal tap, 1 PICC line, was told he wasn’t getting better and was put on a jet ventilator and on a paralytic. He was intubated for 81 days, transported 3 times, had 2 rounds of steroids for lungs, ROP eye injections, laser eye surgery, hernia repair surgery, adrenal insufficiency, 3 ENT scopes, heart surgery to repair coarctation, upper GI study, intubation damage to vocal chords, and a g tube placement. Thank you so much for thinking of our family this Christmas!

Overcoming: He and his twin were born at 25 weeks. They spent 200 days at the hospital where they endured many surgeries.

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John

Code: 32.1

Age: 3

Gender: Male

Gift Wish: He loves cars, tractors, and puzzles

Story: We live on the northwest side of Chicago. In March 2020, we noticed spots on johnny’s chin. We took him into the pediatrician who sent us right to the emergency room. Johnny was diagnosed with ALL. It was right at the beginning of the pandemic so I left my job to care for Johnny and my husband continues to work from home. Johnny continues to go to the hospital 1x per week for chemo.

Overcoming: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

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Isabella

Code: 32.2

Age: 8

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Art Supplies

Story: We live on the northwest side of Chicago. In March 2020, we noticed spots on johnny’s chin. We took him into the pediatrician who sent us right to the emergency room. Johnny was diagnosed with ALL. It was right at the beginning of the pandemic so I left my job to care for Johnny and my husband continues to work from home. Johnny continues to go to the hospital 1x per week for chemo.

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. Her little brother was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

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Arianna

Code: 32.3

Age: 5

Gender: Female

Gift Wish: Barbies

Story: We live on the northwest side of Chicago. In March 2020, we noticed spots on johnny’s chin. We took him into the pediatrician who sent us right to the emergency room. Johnny was diagnosed with ALL. It was right at the beginning of the pandemic so I left my job to care for Johnny and my husband continues to work from home. Johnny continues to go to the hospital 1x per week for chemo.

Overcoming: Sibling of hospital patient. Her little brother was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

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