Dear Editor: The Rieder family knows firsthand the value of quality pediatric care. Antonio Rieder, 10, from Madison, was diagnosed at age 6 with severe aplastic anemia, a disease in which his immune system was attacking his bone marrow. Antonio was admitted to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee on Oct. 15, 2010, to receive the lifesaving treatment he needed.
Antonio went back home to Madison with a new chance at life following chemo, radiation and a blood cord transplant after 90 days in the hospital. Today, his severe aplastic anemia is gone and his family, including his parents and three sisters, is committed to raising awareness of the need for bone marrow donors so that other people in similar situations find the match they need.
On June 19-20, Antonio and his family will travel to Washington, D.C., on behalf of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. They will join 30 other patients and families from across the country to speak with members of Congress during the Children’s Hospital Association’s Family Advocacy Day.
During meetings on Capitol Hill, they will speak about the lifesaving specialty medical care they needed and how the federal budget needs to protect these services and access to quality pediatric care.
Antonio is a strong, brave and courageous voice for all of the children of Wisconsin.
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin