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.


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.

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.
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