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Pam Winter, Mother
Tel. 865-585-3697

Joan Bishop
Tel. 518-262-5079
BishopJ@mail.amc.edu

 

CHILD OF THE YEAR AWARD PRESENTED TO ALLY WINTER


Albany, NY, August 1, 2017— The Oley Foundation, based at Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY, strives to enrich the lives of those living with home intravenous nutrition and tube feeding through education, advocacy and networking.

Thus, the Foundation is pleased to announce the issuing of the 2017 Child of the Year Award to Ally Winter of La Follette, Tennesee. This award is given annually to a youth who has been an HPEN (Home Parenteral Nutrition) consumer for one year or longer and who shows a positive attitude in dealing with illness and HPEN which encourages and inspires others.

When Ally was four years old, she had two tumors that twisted her bowel. She lost all but 25 cm of her small intestine. However, with a smile and kind words for all around her, Ally has always been a resilient girl.

Ally has rebounded from tough situations many times-from complete home parenteral nutrition (HPN) dependence with seven liters output, to severe d-lactic acidosis, to months of not being able to walk or eat. Each medical crisis has shown her strength in character and heart. She strives to be her own personal advocate. For example, when she felt she wasn’t being taken seriously by her GI doctor, Ally responded by writing the physician a letter

Ally’s willingness to help others despite her illness is inspiring. She bakes cookies at the Ronald McDonald House, serves at church, and takes care of neighbors’ animals. Ally manages an Instagram account involving makeup design, and is a great sister to her foster brother and sister.

There is a picture of Ally holding a school binder that she decorated. It has a picture of an intestine. The caption reads, “You don’t need guts to be brave.”

Photos available upon request.

This website is an educational resource. It is not intended to provide medical advice or recommend a course of treatment. You should discuss all issues, ideas, suggestions, etc. with your clinician prior to use. Clinicians in a relevant field have reviewed the medical information; however, the Oley Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy of the information presented, and is not liable if information is incorrect or incomplete. If you have questions please contact Oley staff.

 

Updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. 

 

This website was updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. This website is an educational resource. It is not intended to provide medical advice or recommend a course of treatment. You should discuss all issues, ideas, suggestions, etc. with your clinician prior to use. Clinicians in a relevant field have reviewed the medical information; however, the Oley Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy of the information presented, and is not liable if information is incorrect or incomplete. If you have questions please contact Oley staff.
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