Kids' hospital grads share lessons with hopeful patients

Agique Anderson, a 20-year-old graduate of the Blythedale Children's Hospital, retraced his steps yesterday and shared advice on life outside of the comprehensive children's center with current students as part of the Alumni Day festivities.

Anderson says he had a lot of great experiences growing up and attending school with the doctors and therapists at the Valhalla facility, but also shared some of the challenges he went through with current students. "There was some times that I felt I was different because, you know, I had cerebral palsy and I walk with a walker," Anderson says.

Gregory Santiago, of Mount Vernon, who is currently a student at Blythedale, says that hearing Anderson talk about his achievements after graduating has only made him more confident in his dreams. "As long as you have a set goal in life and you know what you want to do, you'll progress," Santiago says. "I never thought I'd say this, but I was actually inspired by what they said. It made me want to believe more in myself."

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