Adam Carrillo has become something of a celebrity at Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn. When his mom and dad wheeled him into the hospital’s lobby on a recent afternoon, everyone greeted him by name.
“Adam! How are you?” phlebotomist Virginia Kolodziejczak asked, bending over to touch his shoulder. She’s taken his blood plenty of times in the past few years.
“He’s a sweetheart,” she said. “He’s so good-natured.”
It’s no wonder everyone at Hope knows Adam, considering how much time the 16-year-old has spent here. But Adam’s mom, Caroline, said this reception is typical everywhere they go, from Wal-Mart to the Hooters in Oak Lawn, Adam’s favorite restaurant.
“Adam has that effect on people,” Caroline said. “People say his hug is electric.”