Posts From Tanya Leach

Last we met the Vaughn family, they told a story of a fragile Christmas baby who was fighting for his life. When Lisa and Anthony Vaughn’s son was born on Christmas Day, 2008, they named him Immanuel. He weighed 1 › Continue Reading

Seven-year-old Lydia Butler’s medical journey began when she was five days old and her parents found out she had a heart murmur. Tests showed she had tricuspid atresia, a defect that blocked the blood flow from her heart to her › Continue Reading

Ever since he was a kid, Jeff Geoppinger’s family has made a special delivery for the holidays: They drop off a gingerbread house to the nurses who took care of Jeff as a baby. Jeff’s mom, Jewel, has held a › Continue Reading

This week, as we gobble up Thanksgiving traditions and the scents in the kitchen that bring us back to childhood memories, we bring you a story about the power of comfort food. It is a Thanksgiving story, of sorts, that › Continue Reading

When Cincinnati Children’s first told Erin Grasty’s patient story two years ago, she was a 16-year-old patient with epilepsy. She had been having seizures since she was 10. Erin and her mom, Patty, talked about what it was like to › Continue Reading

Even on the days when a patient gets a depressing diagnosis or things seem to be going wrong, people around here have a way of believing in the power of a smile to help make things OK. That’s what happened › Continue Reading

LeCarol Batson has a coping skill to share with other kids who have sickle cell disease: Sing it out. Since she was 6 years old and started attending summer camp for kids with cancer and blood disorders, LeCarol has looked for › Continue Reading

When he sits in the waiting area at Cincinnati Children’s, Joey Evans is usually the oldest patient in the room. At 40, Evans, a childhood cancer survivor, doesn’t mind looking like he’s old enough to be someone’s father. He already › Continue Reading

Maria Seta Kirkland says she has a soft spot for bald heads and chubby cheeks. She is a childhood cancer survivor and once had a bald head and chubby cheeks herself. She always wants to tell people she loves them. › Continue Reading

They may not be Olympians, but they have overcome great challenges to keep competing in sports… As the summer Olympics begin this week across the pond, you don’t have to look any farther than people right here to be inspired › Continue Reading

Stories from Camp Joy

Anyone who has ever been to summer camp knows it is a place to make memories. It is a rite of passage we don’t want kids to miss because of a medical condition. Each summer, Cincinnati Children’s hosts overnight camps › Continue Reading

Is your child battling a chronic condition or overcoming an illness? We would like your child to describe it in a drawing. Have your child draw how he pictures the disease and send in the artwork with a bit of › Continue Reading

Have a happy 4th, but hold the fireworks. Or at least leave them in the hands of professionals, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises. Because thousands of people are treated for fireworks-related injuries in hospitals across the United States every › Continue Reading

It happens. Sometimes teen athletes collapse after showing no apparent warning signs. It happened to Sarah (Steel) Anderson. She went into cardiac arrest at 12 years old after coming home from a cheerleading camp. While she had never shown signs › Continue Reading

Erica “Ric” Muskopf says she hopes research will someday change the outcome for patients like her son, Brody. Brody was born with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a disease that attacks his muscles. Without a cure, it will eventually destroy his heart › Continue Reading

Did you know treatment for early onset scoliosis can begin when patients are babies? Experts at Cincinnati Children’s often correct curves in a child’s spine with a series of casts. June is National Scoliosis Awareness Month, and we invite you › Continue Reading

When we asked families to send in photos from their experiences at Cincinnati Children’s, more than 100 people responded. We invited a handful of families to come back and tell us how far they’ve come. On Day Three of our › Continue Reading

Everyone loves an inspirational story. And at Cincinnati Children’s, we have plenty of them. This week, we are sharing mini-profiles of former patients who returned to say, “Look at me now!” The Curtis Family Harrison Curtis was born on March › Continue Reading

Several months ago, we asked families to send in photographs from their experiences at Cincinnati Children’s so we could look back at their medical journeys. More than 100 families sent in snapshots. We invited 14 families back to tell us › Continue Reading

School’s out for the summer, and pediatricians at Cincinnati Children’s say this is a good time set limits on your kids’ TV time. Dr. John Hutton, a pediatrician at Cincinnati Children’s and the owner of blue manatee children’s bookstore and › Continue Reading

When Adam Zust walks the graduation line in a couple of weeks, his family will have extra reason to cheer. He overcame a stroke to get there. Adam’s graduation from St. Xavier High School with the class of 2012 comes › Continue Reading

There were clues Zeke Angel had eosinophilic esophagitis, an allergic inflammatory condition, long before he could pronounce it. For years, his parents thought he had a sensitive stomach. It wasn’t until he became a teenager and grew sicker that he › Continue Reading

The American Nurses Association calls this week National Nurses Week. We call it about time to recognize people with a passion for the profession. Throughout the year, we record stories of families whose experiences at Cincinnati Children’s have been life-altering. › Continue Reading

Zoe Bruce, a competitive gymnast, was practicing on the high bars two years ago when she fell and broke and dislocated both elbows. With her arms wrapped in full wrist-to-shoulder casts, Zoe needed help with everything from getting dressed to eating and using › Continue Reading