Meet Our Ambassadors

Every day, donor support helps create possibility for countless children and their families. 

There's no better way to learn how donations change children's lives at Arkansas Children's Hospital than by meeting some of these remarkable children. 

These Ambassadors represent the thousands of children treated annually at ACH and its clinics. 

If you would like one of these patients and their families to speak at your event or to learn more about the Ambassador program, please contact the Foundation at 501-364-1476 or email

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Nikki Bailey, rare genetic disorder

When Nancy Nicole Bailey — known as Nikki — was born in 1984, doctors knew enough to diagnose her genetic birth defect: cleidocranial dysostosis (CCD), a one-in-a-million condition that affects the development of bones and teeth. But that’s about all they knew.

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Isabella Berry, hearing loss

Aimee Berry remembers her first reaction to the news was disbelief. Doctors were telling her that her newborn daughter, Isabella, had failed her hearing test. “We thought the hospital was lying,” she says. “Six tests later, we still thought they were lying.”

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JaKiah Collins, cancer

When Crystal Collins took her daughter for her Pre-K medical check-up in 2012, she wasn’t expecting anything unusual. But that’s when her pediatrician noticed JaKiah’s abdomen was a bit swollen.

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Aiden Curtis, heart patient

When Aiden was hospitalized twice in six weeks for pneumonia-like illnesses, doctors were concerned. They told his mother they wanted to run tests on the 2-year-old to find out what was going on.

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Kenzie Ford, congenital disorder

In February 2012, young Kenzie Ford was diagnosed with a bone growth disorder which causes dwarfism. She was doing well until one day six months later when she collapsed suddenly.

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Morgan Guyull, spinal cord tumor

When Morgan Guyll was transported to the emergency room at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in the middle of the night one Saturday in 2013, her family was desperate.

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Lauren Long, heart patient

When Lauren Long came inside complaining her heart was beating really fast, her mother Shea thought, “Well of course your heart is beating fast. It’s 100 degrees in August and you’ve been jumping on the trampoline.”

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Max McCurdy, heart patient

Just 28 weeks into her pregnancy, Melissa McCurdy was told that the son she was carrying had Tetrology of Fallot – a heart defect. Her son would need open-heart surgery a few weeks after birth.

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Josie Melton, congenital disorder

While Josie still in the womb, she was diagnosed with VACTERL association, a deceivingly short name for a condition with many challenges attached to it.

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Parker Mollette. cleft lip and palate

As a nurse at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Shelly Mollette knows the news she and her husband, Eddie, got at an ultrasound midway through her pregnancy with son Parker could have been a lot worse.

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Braxton Place, kidney disorder

The hardest part was the uncertainty. An ultrasound 27 weeks into Laura Beth Place’s pregnancy showed one of her baby’s kidneys was swollen, but doctors couldn’t tell her why.

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Anna Shinaberry, non-cancerous tumor

When Anna was born, she suffered problems that took weeks to diagnose. “She had no physical outward signs that anything was wrong,” recalls mom Kerri. Her insides were a different story.

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Jeffrey Smith, renal failure

Growing, active kids get bumps and bruises, but Cheryl Zeigler wondered about the bruises on the legs of her 12-year-old son, Jeffrey.

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Autumn Stoll, diabetes

At first, the changes Autumn Stoll’s parents saw in their daughter were the kind any parents would expect of an 11-year-old starting 6th grade. But then things took a scary turn. 

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Skylar Stone, rare birth defect

Skylar Stone was just a few days old when her mother, Lindsey, learned her daughter had a severe brain abnormality and would most likely not live past early childhood.

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Peyton Wells, profound hearing loss

The first time Darien Wells wondered if something was wrong with her son Peyton’s hearing, he was only nine months old.

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Lily Woods, hearing impairment

According to her mother Kathy, Lily Woods came into the world perfect. But soon she started showing signs of hearing loss.

Your support is a critical part of creating possibility for these patients. Please make a donation today to help provide care, love and hope to children. Until no child needs Arkansas Children’s Hospital, we need you.

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