CONCORD – A Goffstown youth was recently honored as a “Champion Child/Outstanding Adolescent” at a state-wide event honoring young people who overcome serious, chronic health conditions. Emily Pepino, of Goffstown, was nominated by School Nurse Jennifer Franz, RN for her spirit and resilience and then selected by the State Council for Youths with Chronic Conditions. She wrote in her nomination:
Emily Pepino by Jennifer Franz RN
“Emily was diagnosed with CRPS at the age of 11. She advocated at the NH State House for awareness for the conditon and participated in the NSTAR walk for Boston Childrens Hospital for two years, raising money for research. The first year she was made a “miracle maker” for raising over the limit she was required to raise. Emily’s dream is to become a nurse practitioner so she can help children and adults like her. She has a great deal of empathy and understanding of others with chronic health conditions and wants to make a difference in this world.”
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.