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news item News Monday, December 17, 2018 Monday, December 17, 2018 3:29 PM - Monday, December 17, 2018 3:29 PM

Mickie named Chicago Bears Magellan Champion of the Game

Upon meeting 11-year-old Mickie, her sweet laugh and can-do attitude are evident. Mickie was born with Pierre Robin syndrome, a congenital condition involving facial anomalies.

When she was less than 1, an in-home speech-language pathologist suggested that Mickie see specialists at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago. During an appointment, Mickie was also diagnosed with low muscle tone, scoliosis and kyphosis (an excessive outward curvature of the spine). Following halo traction treatment in 2011, Mickie had her first spine surgery at the Chicago Shriners Hospital. Spinal growing rods were implanted along her spinal column to help straighten the curve as she grows. Mickie has had several subsequent surgeries that have greatly reduced her spinal curve.

Since then, Mickie and her family have been ambassadors for the Chicago Shriners Hospital, sharing their story with community groups, at hospital events and even walking in the annual Medinah Ladies’ Fashion Show in Oakbrook, Illinois.

On December 9, Mickie represented Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago as the Magellan Champion of the Game at the Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Rams NFL game at Solider Field. Magellan Corporation partners with the Bears to grant hospital patients an exciting game-day opportunity. Mickie and her family watched players warm up from the sidelines before the game, were brought on the field by mascot Staley Da Bear and projected on the jumbotron during the first quarter of the game. We agree with the Bears and Magellan Corporation that indeed, Mickie is a champion!

Mickie’s mother said her surgeon, Kim Hammerberg, M.D., “gave Mickie her life back” through all the great care provided to her. In her free time Mickie enjoys hanging out with friends, playing the trumpet and piano, and of course, rooting for Chicago sports teams.