Our Children's Stories

Learn more about some of the remarkable patients at Children's Health. 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.


Katie Thomson

In baseball, teams recruit certain players, train them hard and send them onto the field to beat the opposing team. Scientists have recently found a way to recruit certain blood cells, train them to fight cancer and send them back into the body to beat cancerous cells.

Nick Oberg

By his senior year in high school, Nick Oberg’s hard work in tennis and school was paying off. He was scheduled to compete in the United States Tennis Association’s national competition in November, and he had just accepted at full tennis scholarship at the University of Portland, a Division One tennis university. Then doctors told him he had a brain tumor.

Sofia Muñoz

Katlin Muñoz’s daughter has a form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia so rare, so tough on the immune system, she felt that even other mothers with children fighting cancer could not fully understand what she was going through.

Hailey Ganster

When doctors told 12-year-old Hailey Ganster her headaches were being caused by a brain tumor, the news came as such a shock it was difficult to process.

Eliana Soto

For every working dad, it is tough to meet the demands of work and family. Things became especially difficult when Elias Soto’s fourth child was born with severe heart defects.

His newborn girl, Elianna, required a year-long hospital stay for heart surgeries and procedures. This was especially challenging because the family lived in Lubbock, Texas, and the baby needed care in the Children’s Medical Center Dallas Heart Center.

Makenna Rodolph

Ten-year-old Makenna Rodolph first attempted rock climbing as a Girl Scout bravery activity. She faced down the climbing wall – and then took on leukemia – with indomitable courage.

Jasmine Chamroeun

Lydia Lam was expecting a diagnosis like strep throat or the flu, but she suddenly felt that much worse news was in store when a doctor entered the room and pulled up a chair. She was shocked to hear her 15-year-old daughter had leukemia.

Isabella Day

The Days’ Glenn Heights home looks busy with typical family life. There’s a playroom full of toys, a refrigerator full of family photos and a wine rack full of plastic tumblers. But the Days are no ordinary family. With a daughter who has cancer that cannot be treated, they have their own philosophy on life and how to deal with adversity.

Shantisa Anderson

There are many metrics for measuring a hospital; patient outcomes, the quality of doctors, and the expanse of medical expertise, but no measure judges a hospital better than a patient who has been there many times.

Kristin Alcaraz

Several months after a doctor told Brenda Maciel that her daughter’s chances of surviving were slim, the doctor said she was one of the few patients to prove him wrong.
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