Champion child

Brady Bobrowich celebrates being named the Children’s Hospital Foundation Champion Child for 2020 by showing off tradition cards that he is featured on during an announcement at Walmart on Taylor Avenue in Winnipeg, Man., on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020.

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Brady Bobrowich isn’t old enough to drive a vehicle yet, the 12-year-old has been handed a great responsibility.

The St. Andrews resident has been named the Children’s Hospital Foundation Champion Child for 2020.

“It’s a definite honour to be it and supporting the Children’s Hospital Foundation,” he said. “My mom and dad always help me out because they are
physiotherapists.”

During the next year, Brady will represent Manitoba as an ambassador for the 130,000 children who require the care Children’s Hospital provides each year.

“We’re obviously super proud of Brady. He’s been through a lot in his young life, but he’s inspiring to many including ourselves with the resilience and perseverance he has,” Brady’s father Brad Bobrowich said.

According to the Children’s Hospital Foundation, as a five-month-old, Brady was diagnosed with Type 1 Neurofibromatosis, which is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form on nerve tissue. These tumours can develop anywhere in the nervous system and can include the brain, spinal cord and nerves. Brady has more than 100 tumours in his body. He also has a plexiform neurofibroma that cannot be removed from his spine and is so large it has caused Brady’s spine to drastically bend.

He noted that the Children’s Hospital has helped him out with the surgeries and medicine that he requires to ease the pain.

In April, Brady will travel to Orlando for Childrens Hospitals Week to meet other Champions from across North America.

“I’m pretty excited about it all, but I am most excited about
Florida,” he said.

The Children’s Hospital Foundation started that Brady has set a goal to raise money for specialized equipment in the hospital, like the surgical tools that helped straighten his spine.

For more information visit goodbear.ca/Brady.

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