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Lady Gaga’s Foundation Highlights Miracle Kid’s Story

She spent her 17th birthday in the ER for severe suicidal ideation, but now, two years later, Allison Kurtz is speaking out and helping kids like her.

Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation highlighted Allison’s inspirational story, I’ll Keep Fighting, as part of their Channel Kindness Project – inspiring kindness, one story at a time. The platform is a safe space for young people to tell their stories and help create a kinder and braver world.

Allison received life-saving care at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for kidney disease and for her transition and went on to become a national child ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Allison shared, “It’s hard for me to go back and think about those dark days. I don’t know exactly when I started feeling hopeful again. I just know that what was once a struggle was suddenly something to be enjoyed. I realized that life is a powerful, beautiful thing. The Transgender Clinic and mental health services at Cincinnati Children’s saved me from throwing away everything I’ve come to treasure. And yet, I still lay awake at night worrying about the kids like me who aren’t as lucky. Who don’t have access to adequate mental healthcare. Who don’t have loving, supportive families. Who cry themselves to sleep like I used to do. It’s because of those kids and the second life I was given that I’ve decided to fight for them when they can’t fight for themselves.”

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About the Born This Way Foundation

Led by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, Born This Way Foundation was founded in 2012 with the goal of creating a kinder and braver world. The foundation seeks to support the mental and emotional wellness of young people by putting their needs, ideas, and voices first. The foundation works with leading researchers and youth themselves to improve understanding of the factors that affect their wellness and empowerment.