Dakoda Armstrong

Dakoda Armstrong #43

Driver for Patient Champion, Sydney Huber

Dakoda ArmstrongBirthday: July 16, 1991
Hometown: New Castle, IN
Resides: Cornelius, NC
Hobbies: Working out, iRacing, watching football, open-wheel racing
Twitter: @DakodaArmstrong

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Meet Sydney

Hometown: Canal Winchester, Ohio
Age: 10
Diagnosis: Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate

Sydney was born at a crowded hospital in West Virginia in November, 2003.  Pre-natal ultrasounds had failed to provide early detection that she would be born with a cleft lip and palate.  Devastated and completely unprepared for the unexpected diagnosis, her parents embraced the support of their extended family.  A relative from out of state immediately researched specialists in cleft treatment and repair and identified the Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH). At just five days old, Sydney made her first trip to Nationwide Children’s, where she was met by a team of highly skilled, caring, and supportive doctors.  They collaboratively addressed all of Sydney’s physical needs and equipped her parents with the resources to provide Sydney the special care she would need at home.  

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Over the next ten years, the family’s relationship with Nationwide Children’s has continued to grow.  Since that first visit, Sydney has had seven surgeries and numerous visits to NCH.  In her parent’s words, “We are grateful beyond words for the consistent top-quality care and genuine affection Sydney has received from the staff at NCH, particularly from her craniofacial team, under the direction of Dr. Kirschner.  Of course, all parents hope to give their children the best medical care available, but given Dr. Kirschner’s credentials and our personal experience at NCH, we are absolutely certain that Sydney has the best doctor in the country! There is nothing more comforting to a patient's parents than that degree of confidence in their child's medical services provider.” 


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Current Ranking #13

Car #43

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000