Local New Providence Boy Selected as MVP for Eric Decker Football ProCamp
June 30, 2015
Mountainside, NJ: Lucas Reiling a resident of New Providence and patient at Children’s Specialized Hospital, has been battling brain cancer for the past seven years. Due to his courageous fight and his love for sports, Lucas was nominated by the Children’s Specialized Hospital to be the “MVP” for The Citi Eric Decker Football ProCamp event, which was recently held at Scotch Plains Fanwood High School in Scotch Plains, NJ.
Theresa Defosse, an inpatient rehabilitation technology coordinator, nominated Lucas for this special recognition and also worked with Lucas and his family during his stay.
“Lucas was the first patient I thought of when I heard about this opportunity,” said Defosse.“Lucas knows the stats of his favorite teams and is always wearing shirts/hats from his favorite teams. Other kids would be watching Disney and Nickelodeon, and Lucas was watching ESPN.”
Lucas requires a motorized wheelchair and Defosse was able to provide the appropriate equipment to allow Lucas to be as independent as possible as well as play, go to school and do all the things that kids typically do. Lucas is still very medically involved and receives multiple services through the Mountainside location. He uses a wheelchair and depends on his parents as well as a nurse for all of his daily care. He also relies on a ventilator 24 hours a day to help him breathe as well as a feeding tube for his daily nutrition. Lucas is a huge sports fan, so this special day meant the world to him.
Children’s Specialized Hospital is the nation’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges — from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health. At thirteen different New Jersey locations, our pediatric specialists partner with families to make our many innovative therapies and medical treatments more personalized and effective...so children can achieve more of their goals.
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