Save Anthony Stokes

To: Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

VICTORY! Sometime between the launch of this petition and the nearly 1,000 signatures it got in 24 hours, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has reversed their decision. Not only will Anthony Stokes get a new heart, but he'll be put at the top of the list due to his weakened heart condition. Thanks for signing and sharing! Start your own petition at http://credomobilize.com/petition/new today.
Save Anthony Stokes
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Children's Healthcare of Atlanta must rescind their denial of a heart transplant and give Anthony Stokes the operation he needs to live.

Why is this important?

15 year-old Anthony Stokes of Atlanta, Ga. has an enlarged heart, and only six months to live without getting a heart transplant. His application for a transplant was denied because the hospital said he would be "non-compliant" on followups to the procedure due to his past run-ins with law enforcement and low grades in school. 

Anthony is a child -- more than that, he's a child living in a society that criminalizes black youths. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is operating along these same racially-motivated procedures by simply listing potential "noncompliance" without any specifics in denying Anthony Stokes his heart transplant. Too many black youths like stokes are never given second chances in society, as is seen in the school-to-prison pipeline that ensures black youths who made mistakes as children will end up incarcerated rather than given the opportunities, tools and skills they need to succeed. We can't let racial oppression end a child's life before he's even had a chance to realize his dreams.

How it will be delivered

Petition signatures will be hand-delivered to the office of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta CEO Donna Hyland.
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Reasons for signing

  • Liegh D. 2013-08-12 19:10:15 -0700
    Do the right thing, for once.
  • Pat r. 2013-08-12 19:05:07 -0700
    Everyone need a chance and not labeled just for race and acts as a juvenile....
  • Patricia G. 2013-08-12 19:03:51 -0700
    Hospitals should take care of kids, period. Please re-think your decision and imagine what it would mean for this young man.

Updates

7 months ago
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Petition is successful with 1023 signatures

7 months ago

1,000 signatures reached

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Petition is successful with 909 signatures

7 months ago
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Petition is successful with 907 signatures

7 months ago

VICTORY! Sometime between the launch of this petition and the nearly 1,000 signatures it got in 24 hours, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has reversed their decision. Not only will Anthony Stokes get a new heart, but he'll be put at the top of the list due to his weakened heart condition. Thanks for signing and sharing!

Read more: http://www.ajc.com/news/news/change-of-heart-hospital-agrees-to-give-15-year-ol/nZNQM/

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