An Unstoppable Smile
William McPherson was just a baby when his parents discovered he had hemophilia, a blood clotting disorder. “We had no idea what that was,” says William’s mom Whisper. William spent several days in Bronson Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit while doctors treated his bleeding.
It wasn’t until William learned to crawl that the McPherson’s began to see the reality of what living with hemophilia would be like. Now 6 years old, William is happy and active, but even everyday play time can be challenging. “Recently at school, he stubbed his toe. His toe was hemorrhaging. He ended up missing three days of school.”
William undergoes at-home treatment three times a week and goes for regular care at the Bronson Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic. He also visits the clinic whenever he gets injured. Because these visits for William and others are frequent and often lengthy, the Bronson Health Foundation has invested in making the space more comforting for children. Donors to the Foundation helped provide new furniture for the group infusion room, exam rooms and waiting room as well as child-friendly artwork, toys and activities. They also support the presence of a child life specialist at the clinic to enhance care for young patients.
“The clinic is very homey. We feel very comfortable here,” says Whisper. She notes how the staff makes William’s sisters feel special, too. “They are generous with the whole family.”
She appreciates how donors have ensured that her children can actually look forward to trips to the clinic. “There aren’t enough ‘thank-yous’ in the world to say what a difference it makes for families.”