Inspiring Moments on WYPR Inspiring Moments is made possible by Kennedy Krieger Institute. Kennedy Krieger Institute is internationally recognized for improving the lives of more than 24,000 children and young adults with disorders and injuries of the brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal system each year. The Institute is a non-profit, specialty pediatric healthcare and education organization that's headquartered in Baltimore and has locations throughout Maryland.They serve patients, students and families with inpatient and outpatient clinics; home and community services; and school-based special education programs. Kennedy Krieger trains nearly 1,000 professionals each year and conducts critical research to help unlock the full potential of children right here in Maryland, and around the world.
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Inspiring Moments is made possible by Kennedy Krieger Institute. Kennedy Krieger Institute is internationally recognized for improving the lives of more than 24,000 children and young adults with disorders and injuries of the brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal system each year. The Institute is a non-profit, specialty pediatric healthcare and education organization that's headquartered in Baltimore and has locations throughout Maryland.They serve patients, students and families with inpatient and outpatient clinics; home and community services; and school-based special education programs. Kennedy Krieger trains nearly 1,000 professionals each year and conducts critical research to help unlock the full potential of children right here in Maryland, and around the world.

Most Recent Episodes

Rare Determination

Hear how Kristin, and her mom, refused to except dire prognoses about Kristin's medical challenges and went on to defy the limitations that others predicted.Dr. Jackie Harris, MD, a pediatric neurologist with Kennedy Krieger Institute shares how mother and daughter came to the Institute to find answers to Kristin's mysterious illness. Diagnosed with the rare, genetic disease Kabuki Syndrome, Kristin has gone on to success in college and life despite her learning challenges, and inspires others to defy limits.

Bringing the world together for a cure

At this holiday season, we are inspired by two families who have joined together, from different corners of the globe, to combat the rare disease afflicting their children.Leslie Marsiglia from Kennedy Krieger's philanthropy group shares how the McGinns from the D.C. area, and the Fergusons from New Zealand, have partnered to raise money to help Kennedy Krieger Institute find a cure for LBSL, the potentially fatal genetic disorder that both Ellie and Marco are battling.

Decorating for a Cause

Michele Mueller, Director of Special Events for Kennedy Krieger Institute tells us about the Kemp sisters. A close-knit, generous family who meets every year at Kennedy Krieger's annual Thanksgiving weekend fund raising event, Festival of Trees, to design and decorate a tree together. The proceeds from the sale of their fabulous trees, and other items, go to help the children and families Kennedy Krieger serves in their hospital, clinics, schools and community programs.

Making the Leap from School to Work

Aaron Parsons, vice president of special education at Kennedy Krieger Schools, shares his pride and excitement about Lauryn, a young woman who has successfully made the transition from special education student to committed, hard-working intern through a special program called Project SEARCH that trains young people with special needs to enter the workforce.

Determination and Defying the Odds!

Dr. Erin Michael, with Kennedy Krieger's International Center for Spinal Cord Injury recounts her experiences with Jerry, an inspiring patient who defies the odds by competing as part of Team Kennedy Krieger in the 26.2 mile, handcycling marathon at the Baltimore Running Festival. Go Jerry!

Dr. Jen Reeseman

Worldwide there are about 466 million people, or about 5% of the population, who are deaf or hard of hearing. And recently, one of my trainees, broke a huge glass ceiling. She became the first deaf psychology intern at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Danielle Previ, a fellow alumni of Gallaudet University.

Opening Up the World!

Dr. Jennifer Reesman, from Kennedy Krieger's deafness and related disorders clinic shares a story about a therapist who is deaf, and a fellow PhD and graduate of Gallaudet University, who inspires patients who are deaf and hard of hearing, and their families, by being a living example of all that can be accomplished because of, and despite, hearing differences.

An Injured Boy's Best Friend

Sherry Fisher, a Kennedy Krieger Institute child life and therapeutic recreation special programs staff member, shares a special memory of how the affection and attention of a therapy dog made a long hospital stay better for a native American boy far from home, and his family.

Inspiring Moments

A staff member from Kennedy Krieger's PACT Therapeutic Day Care Center tells how an apprehensive new staff member learned a valuable life lesson from a little boy who refused to be limited by his disability.

Celebrating Nurses

We're honoring Nurses Week with one of thousands of stories about our patients and their families as told by nurse Lisa Trotta, who works in our hospital and cares for children with brain, spinal cord and other serious neurological injuries. Lisa has been a nurse at Kennedy Krieger Institute for more than 30 years. Michael was a seriously injured 12 year old boy who was determined to recover and get back to his life. Lisa and Michael's care team were determined to help. It's children like Michael, and their families, that inspire us every day.

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