CONCORD – A Lancaster youth was recently honored as a “Champion Child/Outstanding Adolescent” at a state-wide event honoring young people who overcome serious, chronic health conditions. Hannah Smith, of Lancaster, was nominated by Joyce Bernier, Partners In Health coordinator for her spirit and resilience and then selected by the State Council for Youths with Chronic Conditions. She wrote in her nomination:
“Hannah Smith has a love for life that goes well beyond a typical 11-year old and she tackles each and every challenge that comes her way with a courageous spirit and positive attitude. Despite all the hardships she faces she continually gives to others, has a keen sense of understanding, can identify quickly when someone needs help, encouragement, or at times just a hug; she touches the lives of those young and old, with her ability to comfort, heal and help those who are less fortunate and asks nothing in return. Hannah’s personality lights up a room, fills it with love, compassion, and kindness; something we should all aspire to.”
Each year the Council for Youths with Chronic Conditions honors several children and youths. Most are nominated from school nurses and other professionals that engage regularly with children with serious health care issues.