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 email@example.com.
Austin Slater, acute lymphoblastic leukemia
When Austin Slater was getting ready for his senior year of high school, his mind was on basketball. He was doing two-a-day practices and going to recruitment showcases for Division 1 colleges.
Barrett Diebold, Barrett’s esophagus
When Barrett Diebold was 3-years-old, he began to spit up several times every day. After weeks of worsening symptoms, his mother Sarah Sparks-Diebold took her son, nicknamed Bear, went to a local pediatrician near their home in Fayetteville.
Chloe Wilkin, occipital encephalocele
Chloe Wilkin isn’t supposed to be alive. She isn’t supposed to be a walking, talking, laughing, dancing 2-year-old whose charisma stops adults in their tracks.
Isaiah Worthm, roseola followed by encephalitis
Isaiah was just a toddler when he fell ill with a high fever and began having seizures. He was rushed to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, where he was diagnosed with roseola followed by encephalitis.
Jace Atha, heart defects
The news was scary enough the first time Jonathan and Cristin Atha met with the cardiology team at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Cristin was 20 weeks pregnant, and an ultrasound showed her baby boy had a serious congenital heart defect called tricuspid atresia.
Lawson Corkern, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
Barry Corkern says they likely would not have remembered the skin infection his son got at camp if things hadn’t escalated. It was a pretty common situation. Until it wasn’t.
Za'Nyla Ernst, medical mystery
After a long night in the emergency room, 18-month-old Nyla lay asleep on her mother’s, Tammy, shoulder. Having her first seizure only a few hours before, the family and physicians were unsure what was causing Nyla so much pain.
It took nearly five months and three surgeries, but Zachary went home healthy. He was monitored for a year in a high risk clinic at ACH. At four, he has no further diagnosis and no therapies recommended.
Addison Alford, acute lymphoblastic leukemia
There’s no worse way to get the news that your child has cancer than in an emergency room, hours from home, in the middle of the night. That was the beginning of Addison Alford’s family’s story with Arkansas Children’s Hospital
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.
Emily Sundermeier, scoliosis
Eleven-year-old Emily Sundermeier was having trouble sitting up straight. She would slump to one side and slouch. According to her mom Randi, who is a registered nurse, “One day, a lightbulb just went off.” Randi checked her daughter’s back and immediately saw a curve.
Kaitlyn Croslin, cystic fibrosis
Kaitlyn Croslin was just 9 months old when her pediatrician in Conway suspected she might have cystic fibrosis. The infant had been struggling with acid reflux and was losing weight instead of gaining...
Trey and Trent Hollon, cleft lips
Placed into the foster system at only 8 months old, the boys were welcomed with open arms by Kelly and Cliff Hollon right before their third birthday. “We knew we weren’t finished, as far as our family was concerned,” says Kelly.
Jaxson Friend, heart defect
Jaxson Friend’s parents found out he had a heart defect the day he was born — his heart murmur was so distinct you could feel it outside his body and an echocardiogram showed he had two holes in his heart...
Jadyn Emis, hearing loss
Jadyn Emis was not quite 5 years old when she failed a hearing screening test at her preschool. She’d been in speech therapy for a couple of years, and had a history of hearing loss on both sides of her family, but it still came as a shock to her mom, Erin, when tests done at a local doctor’s office confirmed that Jadyn had significant 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.