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When you meet Braden, you're an instant friend. Not only does this engaging child befriend everyone he encounters, he inspires them.
Braden was born with spina bifida, hydrocephalus and Arnold Chiari II malformation. Just hours after his birth, he went into his first surgery at Riley Hospital for Children. Fifteen more surgeries have followed, with Riley Hospital becoming like a second home to Braden and his family.
During his recent 37-day stay at the hospital, Braden was especially fond of having a beach ball he could bounce around his room. He thought all the kids in the hospital could benefit from having one too, so he teamed up with his family to collect and donate 700 beach balls to the hospital.
That's just one way that Braden and his family celebrate and support the hospital they've grown to love. They also participate in a variety of fundraising activities and advisory boards. Braden also enjoys participating in CMN Hospitals Dance Marathons, where he's treated like a local celebrity.
Funds In Action
CMN Hospitals funds provide significant and broad-based financial support to sustain and expand groundbreaking, life-saving treatment and research, facilities and accessibility at Riley Hospital for Children.