Cancer and Blood Diseases

When a child first receives a cancer diagnosis, the news impacts the entire family. Everyone processes this differently, but typical reactions can include fear, shock, disbelief, guilt, confusion, anger, and sadness. Our team in the Patient and Family Wellness Center › Continue Reading

It took about 24 hours for the previous day’s events to truly sink into my seven-year-old son’s mind. I think the excitement – the pinch-yourself-is-this-really-happening kind of awe – was too much for him to believe in the moment. But › Continue Reading

Learning that your child needs proton therapy can be overwhelming. On top of mentally processing a child’s cancer diagnosis or new course of medical treatment, the logistics can be a lot to manage. The time commitment can vary but often › Continue Reading

In the summer of 2011, my husband and I sat in an emergency room at Cincinnati Children’s and felt the floor fall out from under us. We knew something was wrong with our son Brodie, but we never expected to › Continue Reading

Here I am, taking in my first month of college at the University of Cincinnati and all I can say is wow, what a journey it has been getting here. Everyone my age has a story of how they got › Continue Reading

Proton therapy is a game changer for cancer treatment in kids and young adults. I’ve spent my entire career working with great teams of people who put their blood, sweat and tears into finding the best outcomes for kids with cancer. › Continue Reading

When your child receives a cancer or blood disease diagnosis, it can be a stressful period of time. A lot of information has been given to you and sorting through it all can be overwhelming. The good news is that › Continue Reading

The last week in July marked a milestone in the construction of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center/UC Health Proton Therapy Center at our Liberty Campus – the arrival and installation of the cyclotron – a type of particle accelerator › Continue Reading

The tradition of Opening Day is a big deal in Cincinnati. The return of baseball is treated as a holiday and Reds fans celebrate accordingly. So when one local family couldn’t make the celebration downtown yesterday, they brought the celebration › Continue Reading

If your child is born with sickle cell in the United States, chances are good (95-99%) that he or she will survive to adulthood. That is not the case for a child born with sickle cell in Uganda or other › Continue Reading

Last night, I had the privilege of helping Cincinnati Children’s President and CEO, Michael Fisher, accept a check for more than 1.3 million dollars from the Cincinnati Bengals. This charitable gift was the result of an unprecedented sale of Devon › Continue Reading

Tomorrow evening, the Cincinnati Bengals will present a check for more than a million dollars to Cincinnati Children’s to fund new pediatric cancer research. It is the hand-off of money that was raised selling my No. 75 jerseys and the › Continue Reading

//www.youtube.com/v/OulddGMavlQ?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0 Editor’s note: if the video does not display properly for you, please follow this link. Drs. Mariko DeWire, Trent Hummel and Lionel Chow, along with the majority of Lauren Hill’s neuro-oncology team, took the Layup 4 Lauren challenge today.  The › Continue Reading

I don’t think it’s too far of a stretch to say that anyone who has read or seen Lauren Hill’s story has been touched by her courage, strength, and selflessness in some way. Lauren Hill has diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma › Continue Reading

Like many four-year-olds, my daughter recently started attending preschool. It’s an exciting milestone for any parent, but for me, it was an achievement that I wasn’t certain my daughter Khloe would attain. That’s because Khloe has bilateral retinoblastoma, which is › Continue Reading

Miles was born on August 15, 2005. We were so excited to welcome our adorable baby boy into the world. He was everything we imagined he would be and we were thrilled the day we brought him home. Just a › Continue Reading

In 2007 my grandpa was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. It was honestly one of the scariest times in my life. His type of cancer was sadly not curable. He went through a few surgeries and several rounds of › Continue Reading

There are a lot of things that happened to my family in a very short period of time that changed our lives forever. In August of 2008, my father-in-law passed away from a brain tumor and in December of that › Continue Reading

In August 2010 I noticed that my 16-month-old daughter, Bayleigh, was starting to fall a lot. She kept running into things and seemed really off balance. Of course, she was doing these things at the same time that she was › Continue Reading

Claire Biagnardi is a little girl from St. Louis who likes to put on sunglasses and ham it up as she plays her toy guitar. But the 3-year-old is providing big inspiration for a group of men who are bicycling › Continue Reading

September is a big month in our home for a few reasons. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  As a childhood cancer family, we try to spread the word as much as possible.  We wear gold.  We paint fingernails gold.  We › Continue Reading

Our son Adam (far left in the photo above), a high school swimmer and childhood soccer player, began complaining of knee pain in January 2010. This is not unusual among swimmers (or soccer players for that matter) – they swim › Continue Reading

Leaving Home

Leaving home to travel for a family member’s medical care is a difficult decision to make, but for so many of the families who choose to make a trip to Cincinnati Children’s, the right care makes the decision easier. And › Continue Reading

Within the span of eight months, my husband Justin and I lost both of our boys to a condition called hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis or HLH. I often say that we have lived through every parent’s worst nightmare. Twice. Today, in July › Continue Reading

Ten years ago, on a night like any other, the mother of a patient in our pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) asked me for a sleeper chair to stay overnight with her two-year-old daughter, Katie, who had just undergone a › Continue Reading