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Little City Hero: Syed

Syed is one of the many remarkable children that reside at Little City’s ChildBridge Center for Group-Home Living. His enthusiasm and upbeat personality cannot go unnoticed. Today, we’d like to share one of his inspiring stories.

On April 23, Syed went in for a scheduled operation at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

The operation was successful and the surgeons and medical staff were able to resolve the issues, while providing a comforting and nurturing environment before, during and after the operation. In addition to his parents and relatives, two Little City staff were there to support Syed during his surgery.

As they were preparing to leave, the surgeon gave Syed two tickets to the Chicago Cubs game for the following day. After hearing his family members were unable to attend, Little City Residential Program Coordinator Biswa Phuyal asked if it was possible to get additional tickets for Syed’s roommates so he could go with to the game his friends at Little City.

Just days after surgery, Syed was enjoying the Chicago Cubs game.

The surgeon returned with 10 tickets and suggested they take Syed to the game even though he had an operation the day prior. Syed’s guardian approved of him going to the game as long as he was not complaining of pain. When Syed was asked if he wanted to attend, he agreed with enthusiasm.

The next day, Syed attended an afternoon Cubs game with his four of his peers and three Little City staff.

Although they didn’t get to see a winning game, Syed didn’t let his recent surgery keep him from having a memorable afternoon with his friends and staff.

“What Syed went through can be difficult for anyone, but his determination and positive energy along with the support of his family members, Pointe home staff and the treatment team made this experience hassle free and enjoyable for him,” concluded Phuyal.

“Little City uses an affirming message – that it’s a good world, there’s a place for my kids in the world and Little City will help them find it.”

Rachel, mother of children receiving home-based support services