Over the years, CYCC has recognized individuals for their tireless work in raising awareness of the state’s chronic health conditions epidemic. These individuals are honored with CYCC’s “Champions Among Children” and “Champions For Children” awards.
2010 “Champions Among Children” honorees
Katherine McTigue of Hollis, N.H. Hollis was diagnosed with Moyamoya syndrome when she was eight years old. Moyamoya syndrome is a very rare, progressive neurovascular disease in which certain arteries in the brain are constricted. The 15-year-old is involved with a number of programs, including Challenger Baseball, a sports program that pairs volunteers with youngsters and adults with developmental disabilities, as well as her church’s vacation bible school. She has made care packages for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, volunteered with various family friends who have children with special needs, and been a member of her school’s Red Cross Club and Interact Club, which both do community service projects.
Corey Laplume of Rochester, N.H. Laplume was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He is prominently involved with It Ain’t Chemo (www.itaintchemo.com), an organization that provides cancer patients with care supplies and emotional support, as well as raises awareness for the disease through the endorsements of local and national celebrities. The 16-year-old has spoken to cancer survivors at Relay for Life events in Rochester and Portsmouth, N.H. Besides being an advocate for chronic health conditions among his peers and schoolteachers, Laplume has also utilized traditional and social media outlets to raise awareness for ALL, conducting interviews on WOKQ and starting a Facebook group entitled “I wish cancer would get cancer and die.”
Arielle Proulx of East Concord, N.H. Proulx contends with diabetes. She is completing a book aimed at helping others with diabetes make proper lifestyle choices. The book will be distributed through New Hampshire Family Voices, a parent-run organization that provides information and support to families of children and youth with special healthcare needs. The 15-year-old has spoken before Community Bridges, a New Hampshire organization that advocates for children with chronic health conditions, on what it’s like to live with diabetes. She is also an active member of the Teddy Bear fund, a non-profit organization that provides new clothing and toys for children of underprivileged families in New Hampshire’s Merrimack County.
2009 “Champions Among Children” honorees
Madeline Walsh of Manchester, N.H. Walsh, who has asthma and food allergies, worked with state Sen. Lou D’Allesandro in introducing legislation to help raise awareness about food allergies in eating establishments where staff isn’t responsible for making the food.
Nicole Tucker of Manchester, N.H. Tucker contends with several chronic health conditions. She is a founding member of the YEAH! Youth Advisory Council (Young Educating Adults on Healthcare), a group that helps teenagers with chronic health conditions make a smooth transition to the adult healthcare system.
Paige Kalika of Merrimack, N.H. Kalika, who contends with cancer, is involved with the Children’s Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation’s Young Adults with Neuroblastoma and the Youth Advisory Board for the Childhood Cancer Lifeline of New Hampshire.
Adam O’Brien of Keene, N.H. O’Brien, who has Type I diabetes, was chosen as the JDRF Children’s Congress delegate to represent New Hampshire at the Children’s Congress in Washington, D.C.
Brittany Stevens of Freemont, N.H. Stevens passed in September of 2009. She was recognized for her work in raising awareness of cystic fibrosis.
2008 “Champions For Children” honorees
Syliva Pelletier of Hillsboro, N.H. Pelletier helped found the Childhood Cancer Lifeline of New Hampshire in 1995.
Robert Stout, R, Ph, of Raymond, N.H. A pharmacist, Stout was nominated by area families for his outstanding service and compassion.
Lynda French of New Boston, N.H. French was honored for her tireless work as director of HEAR in New Hampshire.