CONCORD – A Meredith youth was recently honored as a “Champion Child/Outstanding Adolescent” at a state-wide event honoring young people who overcome serious, chronic health conditions. Ryen Blackey, of Meredith, was nominated by Partners In Health coordinator Mary Mirkin for his spirit andresilience and then selected by the State Council for Youths with Chronic Conditions.
Mirkin wrote in her nomination, “Ryen is a champion due to his amazing resilience despite having several significant medical conditions which have resulted in numerous surgeries and impaired mobility. Ryen is a well-respected member of his class at Interlakes High School in Meredith where he has achieved academic success despite his many surgeries. Ryen works hard every day to ensure that his chronic medical conditions will not prevent him from leading a full and productive life.”
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.