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Princess Send-off Party

Published 11-11-2010 11:12 AM | Mark D. Birdwhistell  

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On Nov. 1, Kentucky Children's Hospital held a "Princess" send-off party for Kentucky's 2010 Children's Miracle Network Champion, Abby Martin. Lots of people joined in the fun at Champs Entertainment Complex in Lexington for this little girl. Miss Kentucky crowned Abby, a Kentucky Children's Hospital patient, as "Little Miss Kentucky Children's Hospital." For their courage and perseverance, the "champion children" have been selected as international ambassadors for the 17 million children treated each year at Children's Miracle Network (CMN) children's hospitals. Kentucky Children's Hospital is a CMN hospital. 

Before Abby, now age 6, was born, doctors discovered her heart was on the wrong side. The minute she came into the world, Abby was transported to Kentucky Children's Hospital for the first of 25 developmental surgeries in just two years. It wasn't until Abby was 40 days old that she was diagnosed with CHARGE syndrome. But Abby has no idea how different she is compared to other children. She walks right up to anyone, with a little help, with that same aura of happiness. She's learning sign language and communicates with such personality you can't help but take notice. She encompasses multiple strengths in her tiny body and with all her positivity, there's no doubt she'll keep cheerfully conquering obstacles. The Kentucky Children's Hospital has a special place in my heart and after reading stories like this I'm sure it does for my readers as well.

Read and see more about Abby at http://uknow.uky.edu/content/love-abby; http://uknow.uky.edu/content/childrens-hospital-patient-named-champion; and http://kykernel.com/2010/11/01/miss-ky-2010-crowns-hospital%e2%80%99s-%e2%80%98true-princess%e2%80%99/ 

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Our Champion, Abby Martin.

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Abby celebrates with her mother, Farah Martin, at the party.

 

Miss Kentucky 2010, Djuan Trent, crowned Abby the "Little Princess," complete with a sparkling tiara and a purple sash. Abby's mother father, Michael Martin, celebrate with her.

 

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