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3-year-old making remarkable progress; draws strength from family

AzariaAzaria came into the world on Halloween in 2010. Maurice and Mayna, Azaria’s biological aunt and uncle, have cared for her since her birth, providing a loving home and seeing to the little girl’s every need. Her name means “helped by God.”

“She has been a blessing to our home and we can’t imagine life without her,” Mayna says.

But, Azaria’s early years have not been without complications.

Just weeks after her birth, she was diagnosed with bronchopulmonary dysplasia, a serious lung condition. A few weeks later, at two months of age, Azaria was diagnosed with an extremely rare 5q11 chromosomal translocation and familial adenomatous polyposis, a hereditary disease associated with the development of colon cancer. At age 1, doctors diagnosed her with chronic lung disease and at age 2, a seizure disorder.

This combination of diagnoses caused severe developmental delays and left Azaria unable to interact with her parents.

While life hasn’t always been easy, her parents are pleased to report Azaria is making remarkable progress with the help of her Beaumont Children’s Hospital doctors.

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NBA Alumni Visit Beaumont Children’s Hospital for a Day of Caring

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) partnered with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals on December 19 for a “Day of Caring.” Members of the newly-formed NBRPA Detroit Chapter spent time with patients, family and staff at Beaumont Children’s Hospital, wishing them happy holidays, sharing some shooting tips and signing autographs. Included in the visit were Willie Norwood (Detroit Pistons), Maceo Baston (Indiana Pacers/University of Michigan) and Earl Higgins (Indiana Pacers/Eastern Michigan University).

According to the NBRPA website, more than 40 former professional basketball players from the NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters participated in the “Day of Caring,” visiting patients at children’s hospitals in Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando and Phoenix.

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Extra Life | Meet Beaumont’s Gamers

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Some people raise money by holding bake sales. Some people raise money running marathons. And on one Saturday each fall, tens of thousands of gamers join together to raise money to save the lives of local kids by playing video games (anything from console games to tabletop RPG’s to even lawn sports). This is Extra Life.

Partnering with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, players sign up and gather the support of their friends and family through tax-deductible donations to their specified local CMN Hospital. As the only CMN affiliated hospital in Southeast Michigan, we’re lucky to have a great group of players playing for Beaumont Children’s Hospital. Since 2008, Extra Life gamers have raised more than $4 million. This year, on November 2, we believe they’ll outdo themselves yet again.

Take a minute to learn about a few of the players playing for Beaumont Children’s Hospital. Click on each profile to learn more about each player including how they’re preparing for the 25-hour gaming marathon and what their favorite game of all time is. If you’d like to make a donation, click the Support Me button at the bottom of their page.

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