Parker Crawford is like most kids his age — he likes to play video games and watch movies. But unlike his peers, he has more to worry about than the latest release.

Crawford misses school several times a month to travel from his home in Sylacauga, Ala., for appointments with various medical specialists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was born at UAB Hospital in 1999 with an unspecified craniofacial disorder that kept him hospitalized for the first six months of this life.

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