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Two former Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin patients won medals at Paralympics

September 20, 2016

MILWAUKEE – Congratulations to Hailey Danisewicz and Nate Hinze, two former Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin pediatric cancer patients who won medals at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.


Danisewicz won the silver medal in the paratriathlon with a time of 1:23:43. This was the first year the paratriathlon was an official Paralympic event.

Hinze and the men’s wheelchair basketball team won gold. He previously won bronze at the 2012 Paralympics in London.

As kids, both Danisewicz and Hinze successfully battled bone cancer (osteosarcoma) at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin – Danisewicz in her left leg when she was 12; Hinze in his right leg at 17. While they overcame their cancer through chemotherapy and limb-sparing surgery, they were left without the full use of their affected legs. In fact, when she was 14, Danisewicz chose to have her leg amputated just above the knee.

“Treatment for pediatric bone cancer, which commonly includes chemotherapy and limb-sparing surgery, is intense and some degree of permanent physical limitations are expected,” said Amy Newman, a pediatric nurse practitioner who worked with both Hailey and Nate. “Hailey and Nate both had challenges throughout their treatment, but they never let their complications discourage them. It’s been incredible to see what they've overcome, and how much they’ve achieved. They are an inspiration to us all.”NateMedal

Danisewicz, 25, grew up in Wauwatosa and currently lives in Chicago. Hinze, 28, grew up in Cedar Grove and currently lives in Ripon.

The 2016 Paralympic Games took place September 7-18. Approximately 4,300 athletes from more than 160 countries competed in 528 medal events in 22 different sports.

Total medal count

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 China 107
81 51 239
2 Great Britain
64 39 44 147
3 Ukraine 41 37 39 117
4 United States
44 31 115
5 Australia 22 30 29 81

Photos of Hailey Danisewicz: Photo courtesy of Joe Kusumoto photography

Photos of Nate Hinze: Photos courtesy of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association

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