Wayne residents Lexi DiMarino and her father, Keith, are raising awareness and funds for a pediatric migraines program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, writes Bailey King for PhillyVoice.
Lexi, 13, knows a lot about the issue. She was hit with her first migraine when she was six. Later, at the age of 12, she had a migraine that lasted 100 days straight.
The experience spurred her to seek treatment at CHOP, which helped her return to her happy and healthy self.
Now, Lexi is one of the faces featured in the American Migraine Foundation’s “Faces of Migraine” campaign that is gracing New York City’s Times Square for Migraine and Headache Awareness Month.
Treatment of migraines in children differs dramatically from that for adults due to more limited research and fewer drugs approved for pediatric use. That is why the AMF recognizes June 19 as Pediatric Headache Awareness Day and why Lexi and her father see raising awareness about pediatric headache as their personal duty.
To raise money for the program, Lexi’s father completed the 2018 Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim Challenge, a race through the Grand Canyon. So far, they have raised $25,000 toward their $100,000 goal.
Read more about the father-daughter duo at PhillyVoice here.