Our Stories


“I want Eli to have a normal life,” Eli's dad said. “And the only thing I want to be different about him is the scar on his chest, which is a badge of honor for going through what he did.”

Leo and Reagan

In June, Reagan combined his love of baseball and his desire to increase awareness of sickle cell at a baseball tournament that was held on World Sickle Cell Day.

Ace Hardware Gives Back

In 2020, the Coppell Ace Hardware store raised more than $45,000 through Round Up for Kids and other efforts to benefit Children’s Health.

Carlos' Caregivers

We tracked down 10 team members whose faces represent the web of support that surrounds one heart transplant patient’s journey at Children’s Health.  

The highest level of neonatal care

In 2020, our NICU was re-designated as a Level IV—the highest possible level—meaning we offer care for the most complex and critically ill newborns, and never have to refer a baby to another hospital for care.

Robbie and Lynore Robinson

Grateful for the critical care their daughter received at Children’s Health, Robbie and Lynore committed a $1 million bequest in their wills to endow the Child Life department at Children's Medical Center Plano.


While Carlos and his family waited for a new heart at Children's Medical Center Dallas, they found friendship and support from fellow heart patient families.


The pain in his right leg started as a limp Jaxon thought he could walk off, but by the weekend, he had trouble even standing up.

Giving Through Your IRA

There are many ways to give back to Children's Health - including by giving from your IRA without having to pay withdrawal taxes.

What is Cryptocurrency?

Over the past year, cryptocurrency has seen a boom in popularity. But there are many misconceptions about what it is and what the future holds for currencies like bitcoin, Ethereum and dogecoin.

2021 Tax Changes

Following Pres. Biden's speech to a joint session of Congress, Children's Medical Center Foundation is helping you plan charitable giving to reduce tax burden.

Dr. Andy Koh

Dr. Andrew Koh is studying how the gut microbiome impacts the immune system of cancer and stem cell transplant patients so he can develop new therapies to help his patients.   


As one of our spunkiest patients, ZaZa loves showing off her superpowers of running fast and showing cancer who’s boss.


Fighting cardiomyopathy during COVID-19, Harrison has been waiting patiently for his new heart at Children's Health.

Gino and Catherine Sabatini

The Sabatinis were so moved by the care their son, Roman, received after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, they started an endowment in his honor.

Therapy Dogs

Fully funded by Children's Medical Center Foundation, the pet therapy dog program brings joy and comfort to patients at Children's Medical Center Dallas.

Jaxon's Caregivers

Hear from a web of caregivers who had an impact on Jaxon and his family as he was treated at Children's Health.

Plano Expansion

Children's Medical Center Plano is undergoing an expansion, with plans for a seven-story tower that will triple patient capacity for the Northern market.


An employee at Children's Medical Center Plano, Stacey unexpectedly had a massive heart attack while at work - but her co-workers were there to save her life.

PetSmart Charities Grant

With the help of a grant from PetSmart Charities, our pet-assisted therapy dog program is aiming to provide a healthy diversion from the usual hospital routine for children while receiving treatment.


A security officer at Children’s Health, Wendell has built a more than three-decade career dedicated to keeping team members and patients at the hospital safe.

Dr. Pam Okada

Expectful waiting is Dr. Okada's motto as an attending physician in the Emergency Department at Children’s Health.


A victim of online bullying, Abby questioned her worth. 'What if I wasn't here anymore?' she thought. That's when her journey led her to the SPARC program at Children's Health.


If you spent time with the always-smiling Myra, you’d never believe she was in an unthinkable battle against mixed phenotype acute leukemia for most of her life.


After fleeing as one of 'The Lost Boys of Sudan' in the late 80s, Bol found a passion for healthcare. Now he's fulfilling that passion at Children's Health.


“She felt like this was her hospital. When she met someone, she’d say, ‘I am James Farnsworth’s wife, and he built Children’s.’ She felt a big connection to having been part of that process and was proud of him.”

Children's Health Heroes

In their own words and through their own lens, workers at Children’s Health describe what life now looks like in the face of a global pandemic.


Research treatment at Children's Health has allowed Lylah a chance to do ballet and play baseball, even while battling Spinal Muscular Atrophy.


'We’re more like sisters’: More than two decades of volunteering turned these strangers into best friends


Crossing the finish line at a 5K is something Mitchell wasn't sure he'd ever be able to do. Through physical therapy done at Children's Health, now he's running as much as he can.


Ryan, manager of pastoral care at Children's Health, say its the holistic care offered to patients and their families that drives his giving.


Arriving at 24 weeks and five days, Kepley James entered the world at 1 pound and 10 ounces. Still so small that you could see her lungs through the skin on her chest.  


Most mornings, you will find Terry Pate, Maintenance Mechanic, Engineering, cleaning a fountain in a secluded courtyard at Children’s Medical Center Dallas – regardless of the weather forecast.


As they peered over the isolette in the NICU, Jennifer and Angie saw past the crooked smile of Elli’s cleft lip and the congenital heart defect and saw a child they loved instantly


“As of that moment, our lives would never be the same,” Arya's mom said. “I felt strongly that if God had chosen me to care for her, then my job was to do whatever it takes to do exactly that.”


Hoping to raise at least $2,000 to support the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, where she works as a research coordinator, Shahenaaz Sunderji simply asked for help.


Looking at this bubbly 5-year-old, you wouldn’t know she had a complex medical history, and that when she was a baby, the Children’s Health foster clinic saved her life.

Clara and Dianne

Clara and Dianne have been peddling a "fun cart" through the halls of Children's Health for two decades through their volunteer work.


“When God doesn’t give you children, he gives you the opportunities to help other children,” Arlton said.


After beating breast cancer two decades ago, Lori finds countless ways to give back to patients dealing with the stress and anxiety she's all too familiar with.


"Even though the situation can be brutal, I wanted to show that you can have fun and make a good time out of the situation you’re in," Davion said.


For six months, this Children’s Health hospital room adorned with cutouts of butterflies, hearts and unicorns has been a temporary home for Zena and Kenda.


Christian works behind the scenes at Children's Health, supporting children through technology and fundraising to send them to summer camp.

Leo and Reagan

Diagnosed with sickle cell disease as babies, brothers Leo and Reagan have learned to live life in pain. And even though the disease is invisible, the pain is real.


Adopted at birth, Addison suffered from frequent ear infections and severe balance issues, which compromised her hearing and delayed her walking until she was almost 18 months old.


One of our Halloween-loving patients, Noah, made a special trip to Spirit Halloween to get a behind-the-scenes look at how their spooky animatronics work.

Dr. Andy McGarrahan

Through his work at the Center for Pediatric Eating Disorders, Dr. Andy is helping make life better for children.


Ava loves Broadway musicals, is obsessed with sharks and wants to be a marine biologist. And like many people, she hasn’t always liked how she looks.


A lifelong community leader and attorney, Rebecca has maintained strong ties to Children’s Health through leadership on its Board of Directors and as Past President of the Women’s Auxiliary in Plano.


Her aunt taught her how to apply blush to accentuate her cheekbones and eyeliner to brighten her eyes. But no one prepared Camila on how to fight cancer.


A muggy Friday evening in late May, wearing a polyester blue gown over a shirt and tie, is not the stuff of teenage dreams. But this day was 18-year-old Davion's dream.


“We’d sang her a million-and-one songs trying to put her to bed or rock her to sleep at night, and she’d never heard any of it,” Finley's mom said. “She’d never even heard us say, ‘I love you.’”


Her future was bright. The sky was the limit. Until one day last December when it almost all came crashing down.


Elaine, mother of four, doesn’t take for granted the chance to rock her youngest, Obie. For almost the first two months of life, Elaine couldn’t hold him. An incubator at Children’s Health was his crib.


Friends and neighbors of PGA golfer John Senden used to ask how to improve their golf game when they’d see him. Now, they want to know how his 15-year-old son is doing.


For six months, a Children’s Health hospital room adorned with cutouts of butterflies, hearts and unicorns has been a temporary home for 2-year-old Zena and her mom, Kenda.

Social Workers in the ER

Nancy and her team members have thousands of opportunities each year to support children and their families on some of the hardest days of their life.


During her journey at Children's Health, Hanna collected more than 700 Beads of Courage to represent different milestones or treatments, more than any other patient in the trauma program.

Kohl's Cares Program

What to do When your Child Gets Sick, a program funded by Kohl’s Cares, helped lead to a 6% decrease in repeat low acuity visits to the Emergency Room at Children’s Medical Center Dallas in its inaugural year.


Elianna was born with two severe heart defects and had her first heart surgery when she was just 13 days old and her heart was the size of walnut.

Emergency Room Renovation

Children's Health has begun construction on a $56 million, multi-year renovation to its emergency room at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, its flagship hospital.