Jaz Gray knows a lot about being a sick child stuck in the hospital during holidays. She was born with one of the rarest vascular diseased in the world.
It’s called arteriovenous malformation, and it’s a tangle of abnormal blood vessels connecting arteries and veins in the brain.
Except Jaz’s condition didn’t form in her brain, it formed on her jaw.
In the past 20 years, Jaz has had 40 surgeries, which landed her in the hospital more times than she can count.
As a child, Jaz spent many holidays in a hospital bed, recovering from a procedure or receiving treatment.
One of the things that irritated her the most wasn’t being stuck in a cold, sterile hospital over Christmas, it was the hospital-issued gowns patients are forced to wear.
“I remember being a kid in the hospital having to put on those black and white hospital gowns, and I was so ashamed because my behind was sticking out the back,” Jaz said.
So when she was a senior in high school, she decided to do something to help other kids not feel so self-conscious while they were stuck in a hospital instead of the comforts of their own room.