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Meet Tony, age 13, from Madison, Wisconsin

When Tony Rieder was 6 years old, he was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia, a disorder in which the immune system attacks the bone marrow. Tony was referred to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin’s Blood and Marrow Transplant Program in Milwaukee because it’s not only one of the biggest and best programs in the country, it’s one of the pioneers in pediatric bone marrow transplantation, with the first transplant performed in 1980. Dr. David Margolis, medical director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Children’s Hospital, was Tony’s doctor.

In 2010, Tony received life-saving specialty care and was able to go home after spending 90 days in the hospital. Today, he is doing great. He enjoys hip-hop classes, plays soccer and takes karate. He recently celebrated his Bar Mitzvah six years post-transplant!

The Rieder family knows firsthand the importance of Medicaid, which provided him access to high-quality pediatric care while he was at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Ensuring access to strong and stable Medicaid program for children is a priority to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and a smart investment for keeping kids healthy.

Please keep Medicaid strong for kids like Tony!