Big heart, big dreams

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Pictured: Laina Stachowicz, with gifts for Aurora’s Neurosciences patients.

Eight-year-old Laina Stachowicz  is focused on becoming a brain surgeon in the next couple of decades or so.

“Since I can’t do that now, I made care packages to help the patients,” said Laina.

On Thursday, July 28th – and to celebrate her birthday – the Slinger Elementary School student came to Milwaukee’s Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, where she delivered nearly 1,100 gifts to those undergoing the most delicate of procedures and getting a heartwarming hug from her hero. The Neurosciences team threw her a surprise birthday party, with a special guest.

“What makes it exciting? Just to see him and to look up to him in my future,” said Laina.

“He” was Dr. Amin Kassam,  VP of neurosciences at Aurora Health Care. Dr. Kassam is a world-renowned physician leading Aurora Health Care’s Neurosciences program.

As soon as the birthday surprise was over, the shipment of care packages – filled with puzzles and brain teasers – were already on its way to the ICU for use in communication and cognitive therapies for stroke and brain surgery patients. Check Laina’s gift delivery and visit with Dr. Kassam when you watch this video.

You can join Laina and help to support Aurora’s neurosciences program. Gifts can support key programs, including:

  • Support to Aurora Health Care’s skull-based surgery fellowship program
  • Funds that support the development of a comprehensive epilepsy suite
  • Gifts that advance research through the Aurora Neuroscience Innovation Institute.

Additionally, 100% of your gift is directed to the area you wish to support. To learn more, contact Michelle Schuerman at 414-385-2479, email or to make a gift online, CLICK HERE.

Story courtesy of FOX6 Milwaukee. 

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