Bronx resident and patient in St. Mary’s Pediatric Day Healthcare ( PDHC) after-school and weekend program, 10-year old Kamya never lets her disability get in the way of her enjoying her childhood.
With the help of St. Mary’s renowned therapists and nurses, Kamya has learned to manage her condition and overcome the challenges associated with her disability. She is always eager to participate in all activities and has become a mentor to other patients, assisting them with their homework or during activities.
Kamya is one of the many children chosen as a Grand Marshal to help lead the Walk for St. Mary’s Kids and Family Fun Day on Sunday, May 22nd at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY because of her determination and confidence.
Kamya strives to accomplish her medical and rehabilitative goals and recently learned to wheel herself to dinner. With the supervision of her physical therapist she has also been able to use a walker for short distances. Kamya’s goal is to be able to use her walker through the entire day, and she is working hard to accomplish that.
St. Mary’s groundbreaking programs and services provide care to over 4,000 children and their families battling complex medical and life-limiting conditions. The annual Walk for St. Mary’s kids, gather staff, patients, friends and family to help raise funds & awareness to continue providing care for patients like Kamya.
Walkers will gather at Belmont Park on Sunday, May 22nd to walk for St. Mary’s Kids. The day will include the New York AutoFest car show featuring customs, classic, muscles and rarely seen vehicles. Meet & greet Team Jilli Dog, the World’s only poker-playing dog. Enjoy all the free family fun day activities including games, face painting, arts & crafts and live entertainment. Lots of surprises for the entire family including Pirate Day hosted by Belmont Park featuring pirate-themed inflatables, henna tattoo artists, pony rides, a petting zoo and more!
Join friends, family, and supporters at the Walk for St. Mary’s Kids and Family Fun Day. Walk for St. Mary’s kids and come for all the fun! To sponsor, participate and register please go here or call 718-281-8817.
About St. Mary’s Healthcare System
Today one in five children has a special healthcare need. St. Mary’s provides intensive rehabilitation, specialized care, and education to 4,000 children each day in the New York Metropolitan region and beyond through our family-centered inpatient, home care, and community programs. A pediatric healthcare innovator, St. Mary’s created the nation’s first pediatric palliative care program, NY State’s first long-term home healthcare program, and NYC’s first certified traumatic brain injury program, as well as one of only nine interdisciplinary pediatric feeding disorder programs in the U.S. For more information, please visit here.