As Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Jessica Baeder travels around the country and spends time with kids at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Whether it’s a quick bedside chat or a playtime activity, Jessica finds joy in making a child’s day a little brighter. And it wasn’t long ago when she, too, was in need of a reassuring smile or a lighthearted distraction.

“I remember the doctors and nurses making sure I understood exactly what was going on,” Jessica said. “They weren’t just talking to my parents; they were making sure I was OK and knew what was happening. Even that young, I could tell they cared about me. And that’s what I appreciate about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals today. The doctors and nurses love on the kids and really care. They do what they can to help the kids enjoy their childhood and be a kid even when in the hospital.”

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