Ally’s Story

After a healthy pregnancy and normal ultrasounds, Ally’s parents eagerly awaited their baby girl’s arrival. When Ally was born, she surprised everyone with her beautiful smile that wasn’t completely developed yet. She had cleft lip.

Ally’s family felt completely unprepared. They didn’t have any time to research or learn what life would be like for Ally, a child with a cleft lip. They didn’t know how they were going to help her eat, have the proper bottles to feed her or what future procedures she would need. Thankfully, the Nationwide Children’s hospital team was there to take care of Ally and reassure her family.

When Ally was just four months old, she had her first surgery. Since then, she’s had another and will have a few more over the next 5 years to repair a bone that isn’t growing in her mouth that could potentially harm her front teeth.

With her many appointments and check-ups, the staff at Nationwide Children’s always makes sure that Ally feels special.

“The team cares about all of her health needs and has always made sure that she and I know that they will always make the best choices for her. Ally loves telling people how thankful she is to have Nationwide Children’s as her hospital,” says Ally’s mom Candace.

Ally’s rare cleft condition has created a drive in her to make sure everyone around her is treated with kindness – no matter how different they may be. She is excited to be part of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Marathon & ½ Marathon because she wants to raise awareness about cleft lip and inspire other kids who may be going through the same thing.

Ally isn’t afraid to be herself or bust a dance move. Her energy will keep you on your toes! She loves music, dancing, softball, playing with her friends at school and spending time with her family. Watch for her as she cheers on runners with her fun-loving personality and infectious smile.

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  • Name: Ally O.Ally Oross
  • Condition(s): Cleft Lip, Cleft Palate
  • Age at Treatment: 4 months
  • Age Today: 01/16/200811 Years

After a healthy pregnancy and normal ultrasounds, Ally’s parents eagerly awaited their baby girl’s arrival. When Ally was born, she surprised everyone with her beautiful smile that wasn’t completely developed yet. She had cleft lip.

Ally’s family felt completely unprepared. They didn’t have any time to research or learn what life would be like for Ally, a child with a cleft lip. They didn’t know how they were going to help her eat, have the proper bottles to feed her or what future procedures she would need. Thankfully, the Nationwide Children’s hospital team was there to take care of Ally and reassure her family.

When Ally was just four months old, she had her first surgery. Since then, she’s had another and will have a few more over the next 5 years to repair a bone that isn’t growing in her mouth that could potentially harm her front teeth.

With her many appointments and check-ups, the staff at Nationwide Children’s always makes sure that Ally feels special.

“The team cares about all of her health needs and has always made sure that she and I know that they will always make the best choices for her. Ally loves telling people how thankful she is to have Nationwide Children’s as her hospital,” says Ally’s mom Candace.

Ally’s rare cleft condition has created a drive in her to make sure everyone around her is treated with kindness – no matter how different they may be. She is excited to be part of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Marathon & ½ Marathon because she wants to raise awareness about cleft lip and inspire other kids who may be going through the same thing.

Ally isn’t afraid to be herself or bust a dance move. Her energy will keep you on your toes! She loves music, dancing, softball, playing with her friends at school and spending time with her family. Watch for her as she cheers on runners with her fun-loving personality and infectious smile.

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