Chronically Caring Kids

Extreme challenges can result in incredible inspiration.

This blog is dedicated to these kids who go above and beyond to show that anyone can do something to give back - resulting in positivity with purpose. May you be inspired by these children with chronic illness who, despite all they medically endure, rise above and care for others in their communities through their chronically caring acts of kindness! 

August 2, 2021

August 2021 – Meet Asher: His Character Truly Counts!

Asher is an 11-year-old fifth grader with impeccable character! We are so proud to share his story. This kid has a huge heart and caringly shares it with many other children. Asher knows what it feels like to need help and support. He grew up with systemic on-set juvenile idiopathic arthritis (sJIA).
July 1, 2021

July 2021 – Meet FiFi: A Flyer Who Soars on JOY

FiFi's JOY for life soars as high, maybe higher, than a cheerleader flyer. She is so excited to be on her cheerleading team. FiFi also spreads that joy around through all her kind acts and volunteer work. Her energy and positive spirit is so up-lifting.
June 1, 2021

June 2021 – Meet Abbie Grace: A Dancer, A Best Friend, An Inspiration

Abbie Grace's passion is dance and life is her song. She dances because it is one thing she can do for herself and it brings her immense joy.
May 1, 2021

May 2021 – Meet Maci: A Warm and Cozy Hug; Just What the Doctor Ordered!

Maci saw a need and took action, so that other children with chronic illness would receive comfort while going through medical tests! At the young age of 10, she is always thinking of others.
April 1, 2021

April 2021 – Meet Courtney: Her Huge Heart and Big Voice Impacts This World

Courtney is definitely "going places"! She has a heart that constantly thinks about giving to other children and those who are elderly. While she might be young, she is wise beyond her years and uses her voice to advocate with wisdom.
February 28, 2021

March 2021 – Meet Westin: A Proud 4-Year-Old with a Dog Named Gronk

Gronk the dog takes good care of his chronically caring kid, Westin! This kid may only be 4-years-old, but his heart is bigger than most. He is full of life and joy. He shares that joy with his brothers, mommy and daddy, and his two dogs. All who witness his kindness instantly are filled with JOY!
February 1, 2021

February 2021 – Meet Kayden: Our Very 1st Kid Advisor

This "chronically caring kid" is our very first Kid Advisor. Welcome to our Purple Playas Advisory Team Kayden. The voice of children is incredibly important to us!
December 31, 2020

January 2021 – Meet Graci: She Gives Unconditionally

Go, Go, Go Graci! Cashing in CANS for kids with chronic illnesses! Graci gives unconditionally and is always thinking of others.
December 1, 2020

December 2020 – Meet Gavin: He Has a Big Brave Heart!

Gavin shares his bravery by boosting other kids' bravery through his infusion clinic bravery prizes.
November 2, 2020

November 2020 – Meet Ava, A Young Lady Who Defines Strength

Another young lady with chronic illness, named Hannah, nominated Ava for our Purple Playas’ Chronically Caring Kids stories. When they were younger, they often sat together in the infusion room receiving treatment. So when asked, “What do you think of when you think of Ava,” she said, “She is BRAVE; Ava’s stronger today than her storms.”
October 1, 2020

October 2020 – Gavin, His JOY Fills Every Room He Enters

Meet 15 years old Gavin. One of his nurses nominated him to be featured in as a “Chronically Caring Kids” because she feels he is a perfect example of someone who, despite his challenges in life, gives back to his community, spreads kindness, and fills a room with joy.
September 1, 2020

September 2020 – Raegan, A Caring Young Lady with a Big Wish!

Random Acts of Kindness one "Reagan's Wish" at a Time!
August 1, 2020

August 2020 – Meet Mitchell, He Just Wants to Be Known as a Typical Tweenager!

Mitchell is a shining example of living life fully and joyfully no matter the hurdles.
July 1, 2020

July 2020 – Meet Kayla, She is All About Caring 4 Kids!

Kayla’s positive energy is so contagious because after talking to her you just want to go out there and do something good. Kayla said, “Strangely enough, living with a chronic illness has given me a very positive perspective on life. I think that I don’t take things for granted, and I am able to feel empathy for people who know what I am going through. And I was even able to start my own non-profit through this, Kayla Cares 4 Kids.”
June 1, 2020

June 2020 – Meet Braelyn, A Teenager with a Contagious SMILE!

Meet Braelyn (16 years old); he is one strong, joyful teen with an amazing dimpled smile. When he was born, he had no health concerns. At the age of 5 months old, he contracted meningitis, which resulted in multiple health issues and ultimate diagnoses. He has hydrocephalus, chewing/swallowing difficulties, neurological impairment, seizure disorder, and a compromised immune system.
May 4, 2020

May 2020 – Meet Emily, A Young Adult Who is Going Places!

Emily is a young adult with a great perspective on life! Emily was diagnosed with Systemic Onset Juvenile Rhuematoid Arthritis (“JRA”), at the age of 6 years old. When Emily was younger, she experienced rashes, joint pain and swelling. Often times she was unable to walk as a result of the overwhelming pain. Now at 19, her Arthritis is a bit more manageable as long as she avoids over exertion of her body and plans ahead for activities. Sometimes Emily still has aches and pains at night depending on what activity she did that day and also depending on the weather conditions.
April 5, 2020

April 2020 – Meet TJ, We Could ALL Learn a Bit From This Teen

There are so many amazing kids out there who spread kindness and love into this world; and this month we are celebrating TJ (13 years old). This teenager was diagnosed with crohns, colitis, and ethesitis-related juvenile arthritis at 8 years old. While these chronic illnesses have been difficult to endure, TJ also knows how important it is to live life to it’s fullest despite challenges.
March 1, 2020

March 2020 – Meet Trent, a Real Life Super Hero!

Meet Trent (14 years old), a young teenage boy who just wants to have fun! Trent has dealt with chronic health problems since he was only 5 years old, after being diagnosed with juvenile psoriatic arthritis. However, that was just the beginning of his health journey. Over the next few years, Trent was also diagnosed with crohn’s disease, Ehlers–Danlos Syndrome, POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome), kidney dysfunction, asthma and anemia.
February 3, 2020

February 2020 – The Love of a Child is Like No Other

Meet Makena (13 years old), a sweet girl with so much love in her heart! She is one of the most caring children we have ever met. For much of her life she has been a caregiver to others. Her brother was diagnosed with chronic illness 10 years ago and her best friend battled cancer her entire young life. Makena quietly and proudly gave all her love to these two, never knowing that her own body was beginning to brew up its own fierce battle.
January 1, 2020

January 2020 – Ringing In The New Year with Jaxson

We are SO EXCITED to kick off our “Chronically Caring Kids” by sharing Jaxson’s story. Jaxson was the first kiddo who donated to Purple Playas Foundation. Like us, he knows how powerful it is to give the gift of SMILES!