Braden Tamosaitis is one of the most motivated kids you’ll ever meet. With an ear-to-ear smile, Braden is eager to bring joy into other kids’ lives.
Born with spina bifida, hydrocephalus and Arnold Chiari II malformation, his family has known the halls of Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health since the day he was born. Braden’s courage and determination to help others despite serious medical obstacles is what led to his selection as the 2013 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champion for Indiana.
Braden describes Riley Hospital as his “second home.” It is a place that encourages him daily to “never give up hope.” Just hours after his birth, he went into his first surgery at Riley Hospital. Fifteen more surgeries have followed. The entire Tamosaitis’ story is one of extreme perseverance. Braden’s parents, Kevin and Becky, had another son, Nathan, who they lost after only six weeks. He also suffered from spina bifida.
Braden’s obstacles don’t stop his contagious spirit and desire to give back. Despite his medical challenges, Braden constantly finds ways to give back to the hospital he dearly loves.
During his 37 day stay at Riley Hospital last fall, Braden teamed with his family to collect 165 beach balls to donate to the Child Life staff at Riley Hospital for Children. Braden knew it would bring smiles to his fellow patients. On July 12, 2013, Braden donated 700 additional beach balls during a recognition and Child Life party dubbed “Braden’s Beach Bash.”
The family also shares their medical journey at Riley Dance Marathon events held at universities and high schools throughout Indiana.
Braden’s Beach Bash
On July 12, 2013, Riley Children’s Foundation officially honored Braden as the 2013 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champion for Indiana.
The Champions program brings 50 children together from across the country that all have tackled severe medical challenges. Braden represented the 17 million children that are treated at 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each year. Through the Champions program, he continues to support fundraising campaigns for Riley Hospital. Braden and his family visited Walt Disney World and Washington, D.C., from October 8-16, 2013, to inspire others to support children’s hospitals.