The support that Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals gives is as unique as the children and families they help. Case in point: six-year-old Mya Berkowitch from Chippewa Falls, Wis.
Mya has Down syndrome and related health issues such as cognitive, physical and speech delays; vision problems; and a digestive disorder. She was also recently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. All this translates to frequent appointments with specialist in La Crosse. Traveling from their home in Chippewa Falls, Wis., this is a round trip of about 200 miles.
“Traveling to see specialists can get very expensive,” says Mya’s mother, Jenel, knowingly. “CMN Hospitals help with gas and meal vouchers which we are personally grateful for.”
But then when Mya needed her first pair of special eyeglasses, which were not covered by insurance, CMN Hospitals was there to help, too. They also got Mya an iPad, an important tool to help her with communication and learning.
Jenel explains, “Children with special needs require special equipment that can be expensive. CMN Hospitals help families who may not have the means to purchase the equipment.”
Now in kindergarten, Mya loves school and is showing remarkable improvement. Some of her other favorites include Sesame Street, her Abby Cadabby doll and stuffed puppy, playing with her sister Madelyn, and rare indulgences of pizza and cookies.
“We don’t know what the future holds for Mya,” says Jenel. “But she’s amazing.”