When Jonathan was a newborn he was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia, a blood disorder that causes chronic pain and requires him to spend a great deal of time in the hospital. He is currently treated by the hemophilia team at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, which he considers his “second home.” Now an outgoing and dynamic 9-year-old with a passion for taekwondo, Jonathan has seldom let sickle cell slow him down. In school, his favorite subject is science, but he also excels in English. A precocious storyteller since he was very small, he’s written and published two children’s books and uses the proceeds to help pay for his school tuition. His second book uses a fictional persona to explore some of the challenges he’s faced in living with sickle cell anemia. In addition to his literary pursuits, Jonathan wants to follow in the footsteps of the physicians that have treated him at Lurie Children’s Hospital; he aspires to be a doctor when he grows up.