We are donating 50% of the proceeds from our Valentines Collection to one of Boston Children’s littlest warriors, Sloan St. James and her family as they continue to embark on their long and difficult journey. The funds will be used to help with medication costs, copays, meals, transportation, and daily living expenses. Read on to learn more about Sloan’s journey or scroll to the bottom to see our Valentines options.
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Big things come in small packages, and in the case of nine month old Baby Sloan, those things are smiles, courage and love.
Sadly, when Sloan was just about four months old, Sloan’s parents, Sarah and Chris learned that she had a rare liver disease called Biliary Atresia, and was in stage 4 liver failure in need of a life-saving transplant.
A desperate social media plea by Sarah linked New Hampshire police officer, Lt. Steven Tenney to Sloan’s story. Tenney, who was quoted saying, “If you can help a 4-month-old baby, you kind of have to do it,” turned out to be a match, and Sloan underwent life-saving surgery in September 2017.
Since surgery the family has experienced highs and lows with Sloan’s recovery, but 2018 brought some unfortunate lows when she had to be readmitted to Boston Children’s Hospital for stage 6 (out of 9) rejection on January 5. Back at home recovering once more, the family hopes for better results and a happier liver for Baby Sloan.
“Sloan means 'warrior,'" Sarah told Boston Children’s Pediatric Blog."We didn't think she would need to be a warrior at such a young age — but she showed us she is."