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Neeley Heilman

My daughter is one of the most extraordinary people I know. Neeley is smart, athletic, caring, empathetic, determined and full of life. She has a little brother, Ben, (5) and an older sister, Halle, (11), both of whom have chronic medical conditions. Neeley has always been considerate and caring when it comes to her brother and sister. She helps out with their infusions, holds her sister’s hand or reads a book to her brother while he gets his hour long medication. It is difficult being the middle child, but especially difficult when your siblings get extra attention (not necessarily wanted attention – like mom spending a week with them in the hospital).

While Neeley may be a straight A student who loves to read, she has truly found her “outlet” to the stressors in our “medically-challenged” family to be in athletics. She feels blessed to have a healthy body, because she truly knows what a gift it is. She plays on her local soccer team, participates in triathlons and recently started a running club at her local elementary school. Along with her mom, Neeley, shares her love for running and fitness with her friends. She keeps them challenged and pushes them to be their best. Neeley has a unique way of encouraging others that makes them feel better about themselves while providing them the strength they need. She is an old soul with the kindest heart you could ever imagine.

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