Diagnosis: Cleft Lip and Palate
Hometown: Pickerington, Ohio
Before Sydney was born, her parents learned that she would be born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate. The first three years of her treatment were completed with a different team, and at age three, her family decided to switch her care to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Her life, care, and treatment would be forever changed from that day forward.
Sydney has endured many surgeries at Nationwide Children’s including reconstructive plastic surgeries, ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeries and orthopedic surgery. She is an outgoing, confident girl who does not let her diagnosis define her.
“Nationwide Children's Hospital has become like a second family to us. The team of people caring for Sydney have literally changed her life and opened doors of opportunities for her that seemed impossible when receiving her diagnosis. From her surgical to orthodontic care, to staff, nurses and support personnel – everyone is committed to giving our daughter top-notch treatment,” says Stacey, Sydney’s mother.
Sydney loves Batman, writing, drawing, reading and spending time with her family. She loves nature and enjoys going to local metro parks and the zoo. Sydney is a resilient child who loves life, is a great student and works hard in school.
“Sydney has gained confidence, and received support and compassion at every turn of her treatment. She has grown into a child that has no fear in telling her story and her strength inspires others daily,” says Stacey.
A true fighter and champion, she’ll be inspiring the runners and walkers of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon and ½ Marathon to follow her example and fight through the challenging times.