St. Jude Affiliate Clinic at Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital

Certified Child Life Specialist Angela Miller writes about our partnership with our referral partner, St. Jude Affiliate Clinic at Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital.

Dream On 3 holds a very special place in our hearts here at St. Jude Affiliate Clinic at Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital. We have the privilege for caring for patients over the age of 18 and it can be difficult for us to find wish organizations that will grant those young adults wishes that they deserve. After referring a 20 year old living with leukemia, Dream On 3 was curious as to why we had such a large young adult oncology population and gave us an opportunity to explain our reasoning behind caring for these individuals. After hearing this, they decided to increase their wish age to 21!!! This is huge in the Charlotte community and will provide so many wonderful opportunities for young adults living with a life threatening illness.

The 20 year old living with leukemia was provided with an opportunity to meet Chuck Norris through Dream On 3! In his words, “he wanted to take a selfie with Chuck Norris”! Dream On 3 rolled out the red carpet and this wish was beyond more than anything this family ever expected! It was so exciting to go to the BIG send off at his martial arts center, see him surrounded around family, close friends, and fraternity brothers! We enjoyed watching his wish unfold through social media over the weekend and looked forward to his next clinic visit to hear all about it. This wish happened almost a year ago and we still talk about this with the family and what that experience meant to them. This wish was like ten wishes in one!! Thank you for making this “DREAM” come true and opening up the door for young adults to experience their “DREAM” through you all!

Angela Miller
Certified Child Life Specialist
St. Jude Affiliate Clinic at Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital