Meet Trevor Freeman. You may want to remember his name – because this young man has some big plans. “My son is an energetic, outgoing, heartwarming person,” says his mom, Antoinetta. That much is clear in Trevor’s expressive eyes and charming smile. “He’s been golfing since he was seven years old, and that’s just his dream: he’s going to be a professional golfer one day.”
Finding Hope for Sickle Cell Disease
“Anywhere I go I tell people: You will get the best care here. People here care about you. And we do… we care.” – Barbara Johnson, Beacon Sickle Cell Program
To see Trevor in action is truly inspirational, not only because he’s living with sickle cell disease, but also because – together with his family and the team at Beacon – they’re not letting it get in his way. “When we found out that our son had sickle cell it was a traumatic experience,” mom explains. “When he was younger, in the beginning, it was a little hard to let him do sports and activities because we didn’t know exactly how his body would respond.” For Trevor’s parents, it was vitally important to find the exceptional care their son needed in order to live a full and happy life.
So, when her husband’s job led them back to the Northwest Indiana area, Antoinetta knew it was time to do some research – and that research led her to the Sickle Cell Program at Beacon Children’s Hospital. “At first I was kind of hesitant to give them a try,” she explains. “I called and told them exactly what I was looking for.” The program needed to have staff on hand that could treat Trevor in any emergency, and not send him to some other place. “They assured me that they could do all those things.”
Beacon has been a tremendous partner in helping us achieve what we needed to achieve for my son. – Antoinetta Freeman, Trevor's Mom*