CONCORD – A Salem student was recently honored as a “Champion Child/Outstanding Adolescent” at a state-wide event honoring young people who overcome serious, chronic health conditions. Mia Rose Quigley was nominated by Jill Prakop for her spirit and resilience and then selected by the State Council for Youths with Chronic Conditions. She wrote in his nomination:
“Mia is the epitome of courage. Every day she experiences the pain of living with ulcerative colitis. Mia is an incredibly courageous, strong, resilient 8-year-old. She has handled her illness with grace, humor, and a level of self-assurance that is remarkable and admirable in one so young. Ever since she was diagnosed at 3 years old I’ve never seen her complain or cry about her illness. Mia’s level of maturity and courageousness is inspiring. She is a true champion!”
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.