Transcript: 30,000th Children’s Foundation grant helps 12-year-old with epilepsy thrive

Upbeat music plays. Text appears over a suburban home with a sunny yard.

ONSCREEN TEXT:          New Braunfels, TX

A female narrator speaks in voiceover. Magnets affix photos of a young Latino boy with glasses to a fridge.

NARRATOR: This is Junior.

Junior cradles a dog in his arms. It licks his cheek.

NARRATOR: Like so many twelve-year-olds, he loves his dog.

JUNIOR: Easy. I’m right here, Luna, okay?

He stands in his bedroom with a variety of household materials combined into inventive objects.

NARRATOR: And dreaming up fun inventions.

Text appears.

ONSCREEN TEXT:          Eliesar “Junior” Jaimes

                                    UHCCF grant beneficiary

JUNIOR: It might look like a mess, but these are projects.

Several rolls of glossy tape sit in a stack. Junior picks up a tube wrapped in duct tape with two antennae sticking out the top.

JUNIOR: I do believe in aliens!

JUNIOR’S MOTHER: What is it, an antenna?


Juniors mother Joan, a curly-haired Latina woman, interviews. Text appears.

ONSCREEN TEXT:          Joan Jaimes

                                    Eliesar’s mother

JOAN: When I first held Junior at the hospital, uh, of course, very emotional but he was our only son.

Photos show Junior as a baby. Now Junior presents one of his inventions.

NARRATOR: But the long road to this happy afternoon has been paved with some frightening, stressful days.

Junior and Joan look over a tablet together, then interview on a couch.

JOAN: My husband turned on the lights of the car and looked back and he was having a seizure, but we didn’t know what a seizure looked like.

Photos show Junior as a young boy in a doctor’s office.

NARRATOR: At age six, Junior was diagnosed with epilepsy.

JOAN: The medical costs have been challenging. The copays and the out of pockets come in, and then the ER visits, so it’s like we never get done paying the medical bills.

Junior shows his mom his inventions.

NARRATOR: Junior’s mom learned about the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation through a parent support group.

She interviews on the couch.

JOAN: The grant has helped us in paying for the out-of-pocket costs for his sleep studies. The grant has also helped us with physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. It’s a godsend every time.

A nurse straps a brace to the leg of a cheerful young girl, who then walks away with a slight angle to her braced leg. A badge at the bottom of the view reads, “20,000 UHCCF GRANTS.”

NARRATOR: The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation is a non-profit that gives medical grants to families across the United States.

A young blonde girl works with a speech therapist. A photo shows an infant strapped to various devices. Another photo shows a young girl hooked up to an IV and nasal tube.

NARRATOR: The grants cover medical expenses that are not covered by their commercial health insurance.

A black woman with long curly hair and a string of pearls interviews. Text appears.

ONSCREEN TEXT:          Olivia Jefferson

                                    Vice President, Social Responsibility & Head of

                                    UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation

OLIVIA: We really envision a world where every child has access to healthcare that they need, but also that they deserve. When children are able to access the cure that they need, they can really stop thinking about the medical conditions.

A pair of blond twin boys press hearing aids into their ears as their mother watches. Two girls bounce on a trampoline.

OLIVIA: We want to take the pressure off of families, so that they can focus on the quality of their child’s life and kids can just be kids.

Joan watches Junior tap at a tablet. He looks up with a grin.

NARRATOR: As for Junior, his mom shared some great news.

A photo shows Junior with a hand-drawn poster that reads, “Six Months Seizure Free. Gracias a Dios. January 25, 2020.”

JOAN: He’s been seizure free, and I think it’s a lot thanks to these grants. We were able to not worry so much about his seizures, and be able to help him grow.

A photo shows Joan and Junior hugging.

JOAN: Thank you. Thank you so much.

Text appears beside a logo of a butterfly with blue and yellow wings shaped like hearts.



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