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Creating greater understanding of complex medical conditions

A colorful board book for toddlers that teaches about physical differences and promotes self-confidence

Proud To Be Me

Ann Van Heest, MD and Deborah Bohn, MD

Celebrate individuality with Proud To Be Me. Whether it's a surgery that gave a child a thumb, a guide dog that helps them see, or a prosthesis that allows them to run, Proud To Be Me teaches children to love and accept themselves for who they are. This board book uses simple text and colorful illustrations by Rick Korab to encourage children to be proud of their differences.

Proud To Be Me was funded by the James House, MD, MS, Fund for Hand and Upper Extremity Excellence at Gillette Children’s. All of the proceeds from the book go back to the fund to support ongoing research and care by Gillette’s orthopedic hand and upper extremity team.   

Ann Van Heest, MD and Deborah Bohn, MD are recognized experts in the field of hand and upper extremity orthopedics. They treat patients who have congenital hand differences, injuries, and problems caused by spasticity or other neurologic disorders. 

Proud To Be Me was illustrated by Rick Korab.

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