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.

Makenna Rodolph

Eight-year-old Makenna Rodolph first attempted rock climbing as a Girl Scouts bravery activity. Makenna faced down the rock climbing wall – and now takes on leukemia with indomitable courage.

Serene Zimmerman

Tarrah Zimmerman’s 18-month-old daughter, Serene, was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis by a doctor who could not have been less empathetic.

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

Things changed dramatically when the family arrived at Children’s Medical Center for a second opinon.

Sutton Family

Children’s Health has been a pillar of pediatric care for more than 100 years. It has helped generations of families, and a perfect example of that is Marilyn Sutton; her daughter, Brittany Banks; and her grandson, Andre Banks. They were all treated at Children’s.

Aanya Khatri

Aanya Khatri is proud to show off the medals and trophies she’s won for music. And for good reason. The 8-year-old is a talented violinist.

Rina Cantrell

Rina Cantrell zooms about on a scooter, then grabs a hula hoop to give it a whirl, all while talking about her spunky dog, Milo.

One would never know that the Dallas first grader had braved two surgeries and 42 weeks of chemotherapy to get to this point, and she has four long strings of beads to prove it. The “beads of courage” are awarded to patients at Children’s Medical Center when they have to, among other things, make it through a difficult treatment, endure a shot or lie still for a scan.

Jack and Matthew Maurer

The Maurer brothers went from sitting inside talking about their two friendly cats to a brisk game of basketball outside. It was a typical day in their Dallas suburb of Coppell – typical, but treasured by their mother, Amy.

Reece and Ryan Robertson

It’s difficult for a mother to watch her child be taken away for risky surgery – twice as difficult when you have twins and both need same procedure.

Jesus Cecilio

Jesus Cecilio passed out at school when he was 9. When he woke up he could not speak. He wrote down on a piece of paper, “Where am I?” and handed it to the woman at his bedside. She told him he was at the hospital, and he had just come out of surgery.

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.”
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