Meet our 2023 Children’s Miracle Network Champion Child

Kshitij was just five-years-old when his family noticed something wasn’t quite right – he was falling while walking. His family was stunned to find out his diagnosis of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), which causes muscle weakness throughout the body.

“When our little boy was suddenly diagnosed with DMD, we didn’t know what to do,” explains his dad, Anup.

Kshitij’s family was devastated to learn that currently, there is no cure.

No matter how hard they looked, the support their talkative and bubbly son would need just didn’t seem to be available at home in India.

Just when things seemed impossible, Anup heard about experimental treatments.

Anup remembers, “I was reaching out to clinical trials in Germany, the United States – anywhere! Dr. Craig Campbell in London, Ontario responded first. He spoke to us with such kindness and encouragement that we finally knew what to do.”

So, over a decade ago, Kshitij and his family moved halfway around the world in search of the best care.

While there still isn’t a cure for DMD here, Kshitij is playing a crucial role in finding one - by participating in an experimental treatment at Children’s Hospital.

Today, thanks to your support and his expert team at Children’s, Kshitij’s ongoing treatment helps ensure he has everything he needs to thrive.

As the 2023 Children’s Miracle Network Champion Child, Kshitij will share his story at Children’s Miracle Network partner

locations. Keep an eye out for him at Walmart and The Brick.

Our Children’s Miracle Network partners will be fundraising to help more kids. Every gift at the till, from generous donors like you, helps fund life-saving equipment, education, research and patient support programs that transform care for kids like Kshitij.

With Children’s Health Foundation and our Children’s Miracle Network partners, you can help transform our kids’ care.

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