Claire is an energetic girl who loves horses, nature, art and the piano. She was born six weeks premature with a cleft lip and palate. Three days later, she was diagnosed with autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD) and congenital hepatic fibrosis (CHF). The prognosis was grim; doctors initially believed she would only live a few days. Claire spent three months in the NICU and gained enough strength to have a trio of surgeries to correct the cleft lip and palate. But the ARPKD causes eventual kidney failure and by age 8, Claire’s kidneys were functioning at only 30 percent. Claire’s mom sought help at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Claire received a kidney transplant on New Year’s Eve. The new kidney has given Claire an increase in energy, and this past year she played on her school’s girls’ basketball team. Today she faces an uncertain future with the progression of her liver disease (CHF), along with other issues. But through every challenge, Claire keeps smiling.