Our Children's Stories

Learn more about some of the remarkable patients at Children's. While these brave children battle serious conditions, each shares a common story of hope, courage and determination. Be inspired by their resiliency. See how they received the gift of childhood from Children's and from philanthropists like you.


Wynn Behnke

Jared Behnke of University Park has always enjoyed fundraising for the Red Balloon Run & Ride, but he sometimes did not feel much of a connection to Children’s Medical Center.

That changed dramatically in 2012.

Iyana Jones

Iyana Jones started drawing at age 2.

“She would say, ‘Mom, can you draw me a cat?’ her mother, Theresa Cain, said. “‘No, you can do it,’ I would say. I always encouraged her to do it on her own, and it’s just grown from there.”

Serene Zimmerman

Before arriving at Children’s Medical Center, Tarrah Zimmerman’s 18-month-old daughter, Serene, had been diagnosed with neurofibromatosis by a doctor who could not have been less empathetic.

“It was very cold,” the Colleyville mom said. “I was very scared when I left.”

Things changed dramatically when the family entered Children’s.

Tatum Teague

In July, Whitney Teague joined a committee at her work to help fundraise for Children’s Medical Center. A few months later, she found herself unexpectedly at the hospital, not for work, but for personal reasons.

Her 4-year-old daughter, Tatum, was in Children’s intensive care unit “fighting for her life,” Mrs. Teague said.

Daniel Obregon

Daniel Obregon was ranked third in the state of Texas for bicycle motocross racing, but his young racing career – and his life – were suddenly threatened when his liver started failing for unknown reasons.

Ely Eude

Nine-year-old Ely Eude once told her doctor, “I want to be normal. What I want to ask God for most is to be normal.”

Tatum Teague

Four-year-old patient Tatum Teague had a lot of love around her every day at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, so when her condition improved the family decided her hospital room would be the best place for Tatum’s aunt to get engaged.

Megan Stewart

Architect Mark Stewart saw firsthand the lifesaving health care available at Children’s Medical Center. Sixteen years ago, his daughter’s life was saved at Children’s; now he’s giving back to the hospital by serving as a founding committee member of KIDstruction Week.

Andrew Pitts

Andrew Pitts is like most 6-year-old boys: silly, adorable, full of questions and energy, excited for first grade. One difference, however, is that he is cured of cancer.

Elizabeth Eastham

Leave it to a Texan – even a tiny Texan – to get back in the saddle after one of life’s greatest challenges.

Elizabeth Eastham beat cancer with the help of Children’s Medical Center and returned to her love of horseback riding in the Texas countryside.
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