De’Nahri Middleton, 3, Jackson
De’Nahri Middleton is a walking miracle. At only five months, he had his right kidney removed because of a blockage that prevented his kidneys from draining and severely damaged their functioning. De’Nahri would also need an additional six surgeries to fix problems with tonsils, adenoids, and a hernia. The surgeries were difficult on him and his family, but they had faith that everything would be alright. He overcame many obstacles at the beginning of his life, but now can look toward a bright future, including helping raise money for other kidney patients, loving on his favorite Sesame Street character Elmo and playing t-ball.