Cancer and Blood Diseases

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

The recently renovated outpatient centers of the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute (CBDI) are a spectacular sight.  The beautiful lighting, bright colors, clean lines, and artwork. But what’s even more spectacular is the thought and planning behind its creation. It › Continue Reading

A road trip from Toronto to Sacramento by way of Calgary, Minnesota, Dayton and Cincinnati is certainly not the fastest route to take, but then, my trip wasn’t about making time, it was about taking time to honor the fight › Continue Reading

I Am A Fan

I will admit it. I am a fan of Cincinnati Children’s. I often joke that while some people like to check the current rankings of their favorite sports teams, I wait on the edge of my seat, fingers crossed for › Continue Reading

Cancer Mama

When I was young, I loved to dream of all the things I could be when I was older.  The possibilities seemed endless and my list was endless. Of all the things I thought I would ‘be’ in my life, › Continue Reading

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

Taking a beautiful new baby home from the hospital is a cherished experience, but for approximately 20 families in the Cincinnati area each year, a simple phone call significantly changes those first few days at home. The call comes from › 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

Hyundai Hope On Wheels® and Cincinnati-area Hyundai dealers awarded Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center a $75,000 Hyundai Scholar Grant to support the pediatric cancer research of Dr. Maureen O’Brien, who is currently working to identify new therapies that may help › Continue Reading