Ten-year-old Dayton Suire, a fifth-grader at Copper Mill Elementary in Zachary, was recently selected from more than 250,000 pediatric patients in Louisiana to become an ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network.
Every year, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals identifies a child with a remarkable medical story from each state. These “champions” serve as the faces for the millions of children treated at network hospitals annually.
In February, Suire was invited to participate in the official CMNH Ambassador Tour. He, his parents, Charlie and Katie Suire, and brother Drake were flown with other champions and their families from across the U.S. and Canada to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, to help raise awareness and funds for CMNH and Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, one of 170 network hospitals nationwide.
During the tour, the champions joined representatives from the network to share their stories and highlight how donations to children’s hospitals help other youths like them receive the best care.
Nearly six years ago, the Suire family was faced with tragedy when Dayton, at age 5, was run over by a truck in his family’s driveway in Eunice, a news release said. He was rushed to a local hospital but later transported to OLOL Children’s Hospital.
To save his life, doctors removed parts of his skull and the part of his brain that was dead from a stroke he suffered, the release said. After waking from a medically induced coma, Suire couldn’t walk, stand or sit up but learned after months of hard work and therapy. The Suires eventually moved to Zachary so they could be closer to OLOL.
On March 1, Suire was recognized as the Louisiana champion during a medals ceremony at Disney and met CMNH co-founder Marie Osmond and John Schneider, Nick Cannon, Miss America Betty Cantrell and Disney actress Alli Simpson.
“It was the most special moment of our lives and the best week ever,” Katie Suire posted on the Dayton’s Recovery Facebook page. “These kids have been through so much, and words can not express the emotions we felt during the week.”
While receiving his medal, Suire entertained the crowd by telling several jokes.
To watch him receive his medal, visit vimeo.com/156966364.