The Wittenberg University sophomore traveled in July to Washington DC with Linda Emore, Akron Children’s director of government relations, as part of the National Association for Children’s Hospitals’ Family Advocacy Day.
Evan was the typical, active high school student athlete until he noticed a change in his energy level three years ago. Then his father, an ER physician, found Evan gasping for air on a school snow day that fortunately found them both at home.
The 19 year old was in cardiac arrest. He was diagnosed with a genetic-related heart rhythm disorder and Dr. John Clark placed a device in his chest to monitor his heart and deliver an electric shock if necessary.
The experience had a profound effect on Evan. He became close with Dr. Clark and wants to become a pediatric cardiologist. How perfect then that Evan could share his story with legislators and advocate for the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education program. Without this program, Ohio’s six pediatric hospitals would lose $32 million a year and the shortages we have in pediatricians and pediatric specialists would only worsen.
We thank Evan for putting a face and a personal story to the work of Akron Children’s on Capitol Hill and hope it makes a difference.