The power of powerlessness

CULTURE & SOCIETY

The power of powerlessness

the story of Kendall Ciesemier

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Born with a rare liver disease, Kendall understood suffering, struggle, and resistance at a young age. At age eleven, as she underwent two liver transplants, she started Kids Caring 4 Kids (KC4K), a non-profit that works to provide opportunities for young people to in turn help provide basic human needs (food, water, shelter, healthcare, and education) to kids in Africa, especially those affected by AIDS. Through KC4K, Kendall and the kids she has inspired have built a dormitory, an orphan care center, and a community center. They also have provided over 400 specially built bikes, indoor plumbing, school supplies, medical care, healthy meals and water wells.

In addition to Kids Caring 4 Kids, Kendall has been highly involved in the development of the new Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. As a life-long patient, Kendall sits on a variety of planning and designing boards, discussing the exterior of the building, community partnerships and creative features, offering the “kid perspective.”  Her largest contribution is the inspiration behind the Crown Sky Garden, a state-of-the-art winter garden.  She also is an alumnus of the Kids Advisory Board, where she consulted with doctors, nurses, child-life specialists and food services on how to better care for patients.

Kids Caring 4 Kids_website

Website: http://www.kidscaring4kids.org/

 

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