WATCH: Local 11-year-old celebrates being out of the hospital, looks forward to giving back just like her role model


BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– After overcoming health struggles a Baton Rouge child is celebrating a milestone in her life and thinking about ways she can give back in the future.

Kelli Guillory, 11, is celebrating not having to go to the hospital in two years. The child suffers from a genetic disorder that affects her stomach.

“We’ve had a few scary moments at the hospital but she’s still with us, she’s still fighting,” Her Mother Jennifer Guillory said.

When her health started to improve she focused on how she could give back to the organizations that helped her get through tough and lonely times in the hospital.

“I can make a difference in those kids lives and I can make them feel better, those kids who have something like me,” Guillory said.

One woman who helped brighten her day during difficult times was beloved sports reporter Carley McCord.

McCord was in a tragic plane crash that took her life in 2019.

“That was a tough one, my mom called me when I was at work and my mom told me about it… I started crying,” Guillory said.

But she knew she had to be strong for Kelli.

“when I got her home I sat her down with me and held her because I knew she would break down.”

“That’s what kept me going, her,” Kelli said.

Kelli wants to positively touch the lives of children just like Carley did. She participates in Dance Marathon and various charity events. The 11-year-old also wants to become a sports reporter just like her role model.

“Why do you want to be a sports reporter? Because it reminds me of my best friend Carley McCord,” Kelli said.


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