Hello my name is Anthony Lee Granger and I’m 13 years old. I have polycystic kidney disease. In 2008 I had a kidney transplant. My donor was my older sister Amber. I have spent a lot of time at Vermont Children’s Hospital. I’ve had a lot of different surgeries. The reason I am writing this is because I am very excited to be the 2011 Vermont Children’s Miracle Network Champion.

I think that Vermont Children’s’ Hospital is a great hospital because of the service they gave to me while I was there. I love the doctors & the nurses there because they are very nice and kind to me and all the other patients there. I like the activities they have there, from the video games to movies and the dog visits. I am so glad to be the 2011 Children’s Miracle Network Champion because I get to help people and it makes me feel good.

Another reason I am excited to do this is because I’m going to meet a lot of various groups of people who are interested in what I have to say. I’ll also get to meet other kids from around the nation and to see and hear what they’ve gone through and to tell them my story. I have signed up for the WOKO Big Change Roundup and I have gotten my school Camel’s Hump Middle School involved. I have a web page and have already raised $130.00. My goal is to get up to $1000.00. I am going to do this because I know being in the hospital is not the best thing but with the money I raise it will be able to buy more supplies to keep kids busy so they don’t have to worry about what’s going to happen next. I also want to do this because I am worried for others, even though I may not know them and they don’t know me, I hope for the best for them. I want these kids to be happy and to have a healthy outcome, so that they can live a long life and to live life to its greatest!

I would also like to tell anybody who has a disease who is reading this, every time you see or hear anything mean or bad about you or your disease, I want you to think, “you know what, I’m different and I’m glad to be different!” Also know that you have your family and your friends to back you up, so don’t forget whenever you’re down, that everybody who has a disease is backing you up too, and they think, “well you and I aren’t that different and I know what you’re going through”. Anyone who says something mean about you doesn’t know what you’re going through.

Anthony Granger is this year’s 2011 Vermont Children’s Miracle Network Champion. To learn more about how to participate in this year’s Big Change Roundup for Kids, which benefits the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital and kids like Anthony, please visit: http://www.bigchangeroundup.org/.

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