The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) was founded in 1855 as the first hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children in the United States. Since that time, CHOP has revolutionized the way care is delivered for children the world over. In this wonderful book, you’ll read about a medical situation that, without the expertise of the first man ever to focus on translating surgical techniques for use on children — Dr. C. Everett Koop — would not have ended the way that it did. Dr. Koop recognized that children are not simply small adults and that special and different care should be developed for them.

CHOP has received patient referrals from all 50 states and 46 countries around the globe and has been rated the best children’s hospital in the nation by U.S. News and World Report since 2003. As a not-for-profit institution, much of what we are able to accomplish is due to partnerships established with current and former patients and their families and their investment, through philanthropy, in our research and other programs. By telling her wonderful story in this book, and by designating 100% percentage of the profits from the sale of this book to CHOP, Alesia is continuing this marvelous tradition of philanthropy that will help to keep CHOP at the forefront of pediatrics for the benefit of children and their families the world over.