Each year, children from northern and central Wisconsin are chosen locally to represent children treated at Marshfield Children's Hospital.
This year, our Miracle Kids – Morgan, Michael, Amaya, Isaac, Noah – each has a story to share and they all have one thing in common. Their stories are made possible because of support from people like you.
Name: Morgan Halls
Since Morgan’s diagnosis of scoliosis with Sprengel deformity - she refers to it as “bent bones” - Morgan is determined to live life to the fullest.
The 11-year-old has spent much of her young life in and out of Marshfield Children’s Hospital for her condition, but she has never let anything dampen her incredible spirit.
During her many stays, Child Life Specialists have always nurtured her creativity and acting abilities. Thanks to specialty care at Marshfield Children’s Hospital, Morgan was able to get new magnetic rods to help her move more freely and reduce the number of procedures she will need.
Morgan has big dreams for the future and wants to become a nurse, inspired by her caregivers at Marshfield Children’s Hospital.
Name: Michael Bluell III
Hometown: Wisconsin Rapids
When Michael was just two months old, he was diagnosed with Stage 4S neuroblastoma.
His diagnosis led to multiple stays at Marshfield Children’s Hospital over the next two years, including six months in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
Michael never stopped fighting. His cancer care team at Marshfield Children’s Hospital made sure Michael had access to the best treatments possible.
They also did everything they could to make the hospital feel more like a home.
Child Life Specialists brought Michael toys and encouraged him to play. They hosted a first birthday party for him at Marshfield Children’s Hospital. And they were there on Michael’s “graduation” day in August 2018 when he was declared “no evidence of disease.”
Today, Michael is a typical seven -year-old boy who loves to play basketball, soccer and go fishing. Nothing slows Michael down – not even cancer.
Name: Amaya Roberts
Hometown: Stevens Point
Amaya’s story started somewhere unexpected—in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Marshfield Children’s Hospital.
At just shy of 27 weeks pregnant, Amaya’s mom suddenly developed HELLP syndrome and severe preeclamsia. Physicians at Marshfield Children’s Hospital performed an emergency delivery and Amaya was born weighing just 1 pound, 14 ounces.
Her premature birth put her at risk for developmental delays, visual impairments and possible cystic fibrosis or cerebral palsy.
Amaya spent 83 days in the NICU and was supported by specialized equipment until she was strong enough to go home.
Amaya has defied the odds and today is a healthy, kind-hearted and bright six-year-old. She loves spending time with her family, learning at school and telling stories. Amaya shares her gentle nature and a smile with everyone she meets.
Name: Isaac King
In the summer of 2015, Isaac failed to recover from a simple cold. After a visit to the family doctor he was rushed to Marshfield Children’s Hospital.
He was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at just five years old.
The next three years brought many visits to Marshfield Children’s Hospital for chemotherapy, lifesaving blood transfusions and infection treatments.
Isaac received specialized pediatric cancer care and through his difficult journey, his care team at Marshfield Children’s Hospital did everything they could to keep him and his family focused on healing.
Child Life Specialists helped Isaac cope with procedures and encouraged him to play. Isaac sang and played along with Music Therapists to calm his anxiety and brighten his stays.
Isaac completed his treatment in Fall 2018. Today, he likes to spend his free time exploring the great outdoors, downhill skiing, fishing or swimming. He is energetic and outgoing, but most of all he is brave.
Name: Noah Eckelberg
Noah was born with spina bifida, a condition which causes the spinal cord to form incorrectly.
He has undergone 19 surgeries at Marshfield Children’s Hospital and endured many hospital stays. Noah also has a shunt to control his hydrocephalus, a complication of spina bifida which causes fluid to build up on the brain.
Child Life Specialists at Marshfield Children’s Hospital have helped make Noah’s procedures a little easier and even had his favorite activities ready for him when he went into recovery.
Even though Noah primarily uses a wheelchair, he’s never let that stop him.
Noah enjoys sports, camping, fishing, telling jokes, and helping others. He inspires everyone he meets by sharing his story and proving that with grit, determination and kindness, anything is possible.