Founded in 1879, St. Louis Children's Hospital is one of the premier children's hospitals in the United States. It serves not just the children of St. Louis, but children across the world. The hospital provides a full range of pediatric services to the St. Louis metropolitan area and a primary service region covering six states.
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A Football Fantasy Come True
Zeke was born prematurely and spent the first four months of his life at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy, he was confined to a walker until fourth grade. Thanks to several years of ongoing treatment and therapy at Children’s Hospital, Zeke has gained more strength and mobility. Sports – especially football – had always been a passion for Zeke, so he recently enlisted as manager of his school’s football team. Despite some physical challenges, Zeke feels he “can do everything other people do.” This positive attitude inspired one of his teammates to ask the coach to let Zeke play in a game.
Both teams welcomed the idea of Zeke playing in the second-to-last home game of the season. When the coach said he was going to put number 53 into the game, Zeke’s eyes were huge. As he made his way down the sideline to the end zone, Zeke’s family and other members of the community watched from the stands, many overwhelmed with emotion. Zeke carried the ball 73 yards to his first touchdown and said, “I was just feeling like nothing could stop me.”
Afterward, Zeke was presented with the game ball and named honorary captain. In his new role, he got to call the coin toss at the final game. "He's faced a lot of challenges in his life and he's faced them head on," his mom said. "You can't tell him he can't do anything, because he will prove you wrong.”
Generous donor support for the therapy program and other services at St. Louis Children's Hospital truly makes a positive impact every day and gives kids like Zeke a real chance to shine.
You can watch his story here: http://tinyurl.com/mqzhvtr