This year’s Family Day event brought together patients, families and clinicians from across the Pediatric Transplant Center. On September 16, we shared our experiences and celebrated milestones old and new. Please enjoy these photos from the day, along with insights from one of our recipients.

My name is Olivia Morrison and I’m 18 years old. I love to dance, read, listen to music, watch TV and spend time with friends and family. I’ve been coming to Boston Children’s Hospital since I was 3 years old. In fact, nine years ago, I had a kidney transplant here. My experience has been amazing: Everyone really cares about me, and even though having to go to the hospital isn’t fun, the people really make it better. They have even inspired me to be a pediatric nurse someday.

Besides just helping kids in the hospital, they also organize events outside Boston Children’s, like the annual celebration for transplant patients and our families. I have been to Family Celebration Day several times because it’s such a great tradition to enjoy a day with everyone else who is on the same journey as me. I love seeing the doctors and nurses and getting to meet their own families. It’s really cool to be able chat with them while playing at the arcade or the driving range, instead of on an exam table. It’s also nice to meet other people who are dealing with the same kinds of things I am. I’m looking forward to attending next year and celebrating my 10-year transplant anniversary!

Check out our Facebook Album with pictures of the day.