Tag Archive: Calendar Kid

Danielle Amoako has a lot to say about what makes her happy about kindergarten. She loves the work stations, playing with kitchen toys at recess and sitting “criss-cross applesauce” on her classroom carpet for activities. She considers homework a favorite activity and prides herself in being able to color inside the lines when she needs to. “She’s come such a long way,” her mom Gloria acknowledges, overhearing her six-year-old readily... View Article

Mar 1 2019

Reflecting on what she’s learned from her daughter, what comes to mind first for Shonda Allen is strength. “So many times, I just don’t know how she does it,” she says. “Alyssa just keeps pushing along. When I see her being so strong, it makes me be strong and say to myself ‘Why can’t I face this little thing in life when she faces something so big every day.’” Alyssa... View Article

Jan 31 2019

Connor Kelleher is a spirited, sports-loving 12-year-old. He plays football, basketball and baseball and dreams of becoming a professional athlete, sports announcer or sports writer someday. Over the past few years, Connor has made very important strides with his health, showing his bravery, resilience and characteristic sense of humor along the way. He’s undergone a series of intravenous treatments to manage the effects of a chronic medical condition. Over time,... View Article

Jun 20 2018

When Tyler Robinett discovered she was pregnant with her son Owen, now 2, her midwife told her about the CenteringPregnancy® program at VCU Health. The idea was very intriguing to the first-time mom, who liked the thought of experiencing the journey of pregnancy with other women by her side. CenteringPregnancy® brings together 8 to 12 women with similar due dates to learn skills, participate in facilitated discussions and develop a... View Article

Feb 16 2018

Siblings Malcolm and Savannah Brown have been coming to CHoR for primary care all their lives. Their mom, Raquel, always plans their appointments together to limit their travel time back and forth from Richmond’s Southside. With two kids in tow, she says she’s found a new family amenity to be particularly helpful – the Ronald McDonald House Sibling Center. Located in the Sky Lobby of the Children’s Pavilion, the Sibling... View Article

Aug 28 2017

With the support of a specialized medical team and dedicated family, 7-year-old Ki’Mani Yancey is able to live up to his name just about every day. Ki’Mani’s name means “adventurous one,” and despite facing some serious medical challenges, Ki’Mani is able to actively experience life: “He loves to explore, dig in the dirt, look in branches and do anything active like that outside,” his mom, Maricia, says. “He’s a very... View Article

Mar 15 2017

Marquise Brown’s relationship with Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU is truly a family affair. Among other long-time connections, our February 2017 Calendar Kid sees the very same CHoR pediatrician that his mom Kiara saw throughout her own childhood. Pediatrician Dr. Linda Meloy has provided care to members of the Brown family for nearly 20 years. “She’s always been awesome,” Kiara’s mom, Raquel, says. “Dr. Meloy is so nice and... View Article

Feb 8 2017

“A very loving 4-year-old ninja” is how Rochelle Welton describes her son Tyran, our January 2017 Calendar Kid.Tyran likes to pretend he’s a superhero, especially a Ninja Turtle, and he has big plans for becoming a superhero when he grows up. When he’s not outside running around and practicing his superhero skills, he enjoys spending time with his 11-year-old big brother, Tyree, playing on his tablet, wrestling and watching movies.Tyran’s... View Article

Jan 30 2017

Ariel Benjamin, our September 2016 “Calendar Kid,” enjoys Legos, video games and bike riding and hopes to be a computer programmer someday.Ariel is one of many children in Central Virginia who come to CHoR for gastroenterology and nutrition services. Ariel has Crohn’s disease, a chronic condition that attacks the digestive system and causes painful stomach issues. Approximately 700,000 people in the United States are affected by Crohn’s and in need... View Article

Sep 26 2016

Nearly four years after her kidney transplant, 10-year-old Jada Jackson continues to share a special bond with her pediatric nephrology team at CHoR. She describes her kidney transplant and years of continued transplant care with Dr. Bunchman, Dr. Lo, nurse Jules and other team members as a special experience.Jada was born with a kidney condition (multicystic dysplastic kidney) that can worsen over time to where there is little to no... View Article

Jul 29 2016