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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) –
Joe Coles, 11, was a patient at Baystate Medical Center and has recently been appointed the Massachusetts representative for the Children’s Miracle Network.
Joe is a pretty remarkable kid. He was treated at Baystate for several health complications, but he’s not letting that stop him from accomplishing what he wants in life.
Friday was actually Joe’s birthday and in his short life, he has had a lot happen that many go a lifetime not experiencing at all.
Born with Down Syndrome, Joe has also been diagnosed with appendicitis, a collapsed lung, thyroid complications, a life-threatening heart condition, and leukemia.
Now, thanks to treatment from the staff at Baystate Children’s Hospital, his cancer is now in remission.
It has all been made possible by donations and help from the Children’s Miracle Network, an international nonprofit organization that raises funds for children’s hospitals and medical research.
Because of his willpower and strength of character, Joe has been named a Children’s Miracle Network champion and now represents Massachusetts for the organization.
Friday, he received a proclamation from state Senator Eric Lesser for his work representing the state.
“It’s been quite the honor to represent the state of Massachusetts for Children’s Miracle Network. We’ve met a lot great families, who’ve gone through different diagnoses, but similar situation,” said Kristin Coles, Joe’s mother.
“Joe is a young guy who made a grown-up decision to take his own illness and the pain he’s experienced and to help others who face the same type of hardships,” Lesser added.
For the next year, Joe and his family will represent the Commonwealth at events across the country.
Most recently, they took a congressional visit to Washington D.C., where they met with members of congress.
Joe’s family said that they hope to use this experience to shed light on the importance of children’s health care here in the United States.