CRESTVIEW — Trauma survivor Drew Barefield of Crestview has been named this year’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Florida Champion.
Drew, 14, will serve as a fundraising and awareness ambassador for The Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart and all children treated at the North American charity’s 170 member hospitals.
After being struck by a boat, Drew spent 75 days in The Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart and underwent 13 surgeries.
During his treatment, he showed a positive, “can-do” attitude and genuine concern for other pediatric patients.
Drew will be recognized as the CMNH Champion on Monday, May 2, at 4:30 p.m. in the Greenhut Auditorium in the Sacred Heart Hospital Pensacola Conference Center, 5151 N. Ninth Ave., Pensacola. Valet parking will be available.
Along with other CMNH State Champion delegates, Drew and his family will travel to Washington, DC, and Orlando later this year to meet with media and highlight the work taking place at Children’s Hospitals.
Drew will also represent The Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, at various events throughout the year.