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.


Sadie Keller

Sadie Keller had some of the rarest and most difficult side effects from chemotherapy, but that did not stop her from beating leukemia into remission and emerging as an accomplished anti-cancer activist.

Davian Cooper

Imagine being in kindergarten with breathing problems so severe that you end up in the school nurse’s office every day. That was Davian Cooper’s experience.

Braylon Clark

Braylon Clark is known among Children’s Health medical staff for asking a lot of questions during chemotherapy, and he probably understands a lot more than most would expect for an 11 year old. The Longview sixth grader is way above average academically.

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.

Russell Vittrup

Russell Vittrup was in his first year at college when his mother had him return home because he had a persistent sickness that would not go away. She was shocked when her son got off the airplane. “She said I was pale as a ghost and didn’t look very good,” Russell Vittrup recalled. A blood test indicated he had leukemia.

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.
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