Corewell Health’s Beaumont Children’s is excited to announce the 2024 Children’s Miracle Network Child Ambassadors for Beaumont Children’s: 11-year-old Braylen Watson and 10-year-old Rylee Watson, of Southfield. The siblings will serve as patient ambassadors for Beaumont Children’s to help raise awareness for pediatric initiatives across Southeast Michigan.
Braylen was two pounds and one ounce at birth. At age two, he couldn’t use his words to explain himself and instead used hand gestures that only his mother could understand. He grew increasingly frustrated, and at age three, was diagnosed with severe receptive and expressive language delay.
In March 2016, Braylen was enrolled in Beaumont Children’s RE/MAX Communication Preschool, a program designed to meet the needs of children who are diagnosed with speech or language difficulties in a school-based environment.
Through various therapies, Braylen gradually began finding his voice and expanding his ability to connect with others. He started to flourish academically and socially, embracing all that life has to offer. Despite his challenges, Braylen exudes an immense love for playing and exploring the world around him.
At the age of four, Rylee faced challenges in communicating her thoughts and feelings. She began receiving speech services from Beaumont Children’s and was diagnosed with severe mixed receptive and expressive language disorder. Upon her diagnosis, she was also enrolled in Beaumont Children’s RE/MAX Communication Preschool.
With the support of family, friends, speech therapists and professionals at the Beaumont Children’s RE/MAX Communication Preschool, Rylee made remarkable strides in overcoming the challenges posed by her language disorder. Her journey is one of triumph and inspiration.
Braylen and Rylee’s experiences have made them both compassionate, caring individuals that are looking forward to their ambassadorship where they will help other children find their inner strength and voices.
Beaumont Children’s is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Southeast Michigan. Through this 35-year partnership, more than $80 million has been raised to support children’s programs, including the Beaumont Children’s RE/MAX Communication Preschool. Support is also given to pioneer new health care solutions and to provide access to the latest research and technology for children.
The success of the Beaumont Children’s/CMN partnership relies upon the generosity of the entire community, including support from corporate partners, individuals and Corewell Health team members. Corporate partners often reach out to their employees and customers through retail promotions, generating donations gathered one dollar at a time. Major corporate partners include: Speedway, Costco, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Rite Aid, Ace Hardware, RE/MAX, Panda Express, Dairy Queen and Marriott International.
Residents can support Beaumont Children’s by donating at beaumont.org/miracles or through these holiday promotions:
7-Eleven and Speedway P8 Campaign
Now thru Jan. 9, 2024
Ace Hardware Holiday Round Up
Now thru Dec. 31
Participating Ace Hardware locations will ask shoppers to round up their purchase to the next dollar during Ace Hardware’s annual Holiday Round Up campaign. Proceeds are donated to Beaumont Children’s.
World’s Famous Chocolate Bars at Ace Hardware
Ace Hardware stores offer a variety of World's Famous Chocolate Bars for $1/ each – with 48 cents from each bar going directly to CMN. They make great stocking stuffers!
To learn more about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals visit CMNHospitals.org.
Chris Morrisroe, Corewell Health Foundation Southeast Michigan