Featured Volunteer: Melanie Hensley
Volunteer Melanie Hensley is our volunteer of the week. Melanie is a member of our Welcoming Committee and volunteers anywhere else we need help with. We appreciate her so much and are so happy she is a part of our team. Melanie is the mom to 4 beautiful girls.
Melanie Hensley is the mother of two CDH babies, both of whom grew their wings.
Featured Medical Staff: Dr. Kamlesh S. Macwan, MD, and RN’s Kristin Aigner and Lora Simonson
We would like to thank Dr. Kamlesh S. Macwan, MD, and RN’s Kristin Aigner and Lora Simonson with OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois, for Bringing Hope Around the World to our CDH Families! This wonderful doctor and nurses were brought to our attention by Terry King German, mom to cherub Skylar, “we can NEVER thank these angels on earth enough for saving the life of our sweet miracle, Skylar!!!!”
Dr. Macwan was known to many as the “magician of ventilators and the Yoda of CDH.” CDH families and various OSF Staff recently said goodbye to Dr. Macwan at the CDH Family Picnic in September and celebrated his retirement.
Featured Cherub: Chris Cavalier
Our featured cherub of the week is Chris Cavalier. Chris is a 32 year old survivor of CDH. His CDH story can be found on his family’s website at http://ecmosurvivor.com. A book about him has also been published and is available through Amazon and in stores at Barnes and Noble, the title is "Alive by Grace: A Mother's Story with a Message of Hope from Christopher.”
Here is an excerpt of Christopher’s story, written by his mom, Suzanne Cavalier: