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Mia: 2020-2021 National Patient Ambassador

Mia: 2020-2021 National Patient Ambassador

Mia, 16, was born with a severe case of infantile idiopathic scoliosis. Her journey with Shriners Hospitals for Children began when she was 2, when she was first seen at the St. Louis location. Mia’s treatments have included halo traction to gradually straighten and stretch her spine, as well as nearly 20 surgeries.

During her extensive time in the hospital, Mia and her care team developed a tight bond, and Mia considers the people she knows at Shriners Hospitals – her doctors, nurses, therapists, and even the security guard – family. She has served as a patient ambassador for Shriners Hospitals for Children — St Louis since she was 4 and has spoken to numerous audiences on behalf of the hospital. She has also appeared in promotional videos and media interviews. Mia’s passion is theater and singing, and she was featured singing I’ll Be Home for Christmas in our holiday commercials. Mia is also part of the Shriners children’s choir that performed in a recent recording of Foreigner’s hit song I Want to Know What Love Is.

“I am so honored to be in this position,” Mia said. “For as long as I can remember, I have always loved Shriners Hospitals. Not just because of the life it has given me,but the real love that comes from it. This community consists of the best people, and it truly makes my heart soar to know I’m a large part of it. It makes me proud to know that I will be giving back to a hospital that not only gave me a normal life but is a second home for myself and my family.”