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.


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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