Braidon's Story



You can be small and still be strong.

A tick bite on Braidon Lantz seemed insignificant until he developed alarming symptoms. Pediatricians at Children’s Kansas City diagnosed him with pancreatitis and Addison’s disease, both caused by the bite. Though the conditions took their toll on little Braidon, but don’t let his size fool you. He may be small, but he is strong. Armed with that strength and care from his Children’s Kansas City physicians, Braidon will keep right on fighting.

Now, thanks to a partnership between Freeman Health System and Children’s Kansas City, Braidon can get the care he needs close to home. A Children’s Kansas City clinic is now open on the Freeman campus in Joplin, providing pediatric specialty clinics for cardiology, endocrinology/diabetes, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, nephrology, rheumatology, and telemedicine.

The partnership between Freeman and Children’s Kansas City means care from a nationally recognized children’s hospital is more accessible to children like Braidon — our smallest (and strongest) fighters.

Learn more about Freeman’s comprehensive pediatric services.