It’s our pleasure to introduce our Cincinnati Children’s CMN Champion of 2018 – Allison! Allison’s family has been a part of the Champions Program at Cincinnati Children’s since 2006, and have been strong advocates and ambassadors for the medical center and the kids and families we serve.
When she was just 6, Allison was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease (PKD) – an inherited disorder in which clusters of cysts develop, causing the kidneys to enlarge and lose function over time. The cysts can grow very large, damaging not only the kidneys but also the liver and other organs. The cysts can cause serious complications, including high blood pressure and kidney failure. There is no cure for PKD, so it’s highly likely that Allison will need a kidney transplant as an adult.
Born male, in July 2016, Allison began a new journey in her life and turned to the renowned experts at the Transgender Clinic at Cincinnati Children's. This multidisciplinary clinic addresses the needs of teens coping with gender dysphoria and brings together a team of experts in psychiatry, psychology, endocrinology, pediatric gynecology and more.
Allison has suffered from gender dysphoria most of her life, resulting in depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. She began medically transitioning to female with the help of our experts last November and her care team is working closely to improve her kidney function during her transition.
We’re inspired by Allison’s bravery. She’s not afraid to live her life as her true self and encourages everyone to do the same. She has a wonderful circle of friends and family who support and love her, including her two brothers who are her best friends and biggest advocates.
Allison loves playing video games, listening to music and creative writing. She also has a talent for acting and would like to do more someday. She’s a very talented artist with a bright future and plans to study art or graphic design in college.