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.


Dakayta Givens

Born with spina bifida – a defect of the spinal cord, Dakayta Givens was at a significant risk for infection which could turn fatal. We followed her from the beginning when she was only a couple of hours old.

Sim Scott

Children’s Medical Center patient selected as 2012 Texas champion for children’s miracle network hospitals.

Gage Oakley

Students at South Grand Prairie High School have worked for months collecting donations for a classmate who has a passion for hot rods and trucks. Gage Oakley is a cancer survivor, but it has been a tough road. The 15-year-old was first diagnosed with cancer at the age of 2. He recovered from that cancer. But at the age of 14, doctors at Children’s Medical Center Dallas discovered a more aggressive type of cancer in his left leg.

Libby Arterburn

Libby, who received two liver transplants at age 4, said she never felt particularly isolated at her school because of her condition. Going to Camp SOAR afforded her the chance to be just like everyone else for once.

Slate May

As a parent, you do everything you can to protect your child from harm, but how do you protect him from a stroke?

Gavin Smith

Gavin Smith is a garbage truck and pizza-loving 4-year-old whose battle with an aggressive form of cancer has touched thousands of people.

Mackinlee Waddell

Mackinlee was born five weeks early with a small hole in her heart. Her heart was expected to heal on its own, yet at only two months old, Mackinlee’s heart muscle had weakened tremendously. In an effort to prepare her parents for the years ahead, her doctor mentioned the possibility of a heart transplant.

James Rowlett

James “Craig” Rowlett’s parents first took him to an emergency room near their home in Dallas, where physicians said the 10-year-old had a minor stomach issue and sent the family home. Three days later, on Nov. 29, 2007, the Rowletts rushed Craig to the Emergency Department at Children’s.
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