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You have probably never heard my son’s name, Max Page, but you might recognize him. He was the mini Darth Vader in the 2011 Volkswagen Super Bowl commercial. Soon after it was aired the commercial went viral and the media › Continue Reading

Last February, I received a phone call with a request for a favor. The caller was Dr. Uma Kotagal, and she was in New York, where she had a layover on her way to a conference. She’d just gotten a › Continue Reading

When my husband and I made the decision to take our 3 year-old son, William, to the emergency department at Cincinnati Children’s on New Year’s Eve 2007, we had no idea how incredibly ill he was. The diagnosis of hemophagocytic › Continue Reading

Austin’s 5K

Through my work as a physical therapist, I have had the privilege of meeting a young man named Austin. Austin is 17 years old and lives in Batavia. He has been a Cincinnati Children’s patient for many years. Images of › Continue Reading

Each year, the month of July is the CDC’s Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month. I actively worked to raise awareness this year during July, as I have for the last several years, but I must admit I found myself › Continue Reading

My name is Alex Jofriet. I am a college student. I live in Ohio. I am a patient mentor at Cincinnati Children’s because I have Crohn’s disease. Thus my area of expertise: patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. A › Continue Reading

When 3-year-old Tony was diagnosed with brain cancer, his family was devastated. They wanted to make sure Tony received the best care possible, and they knew he was in good hands at Cincinnati Children’s. Pediatric brain cancer is among the deadliest forms › Continue Reading

In 1990, when I was 17-years-old, I was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes. I realized quickly that it was forever—there was no turning back. It takes a lot of work to manage my disease. Some days are good; while others are › Continue Reading

I get a little emotional when I think about the amount of pain my daughter was experiencing before she attended the Functional Independence Restoration Program, which is an intensive, inpatient rehabilitative program for kids with chronic pain and disability. Before this › Continue Reading

The Support We Needed

Earlier today the 2014 March for Babies employee campaign was launched at Cincinnati Children’s. I’m honored to be serving, with my husband and daughter, as the ambassador family for this year’s campaign. Our experience with the March of Dimes, and › Continue Reading

Two and a half years ago I gave my daughter Alexis a kiss as she was wheeled into an operating room. The doctors told us that the surgery to remove a non-cancerous brain tumor called a craniopharyngioma would likely result › Continue Reading

Whether it was his intent or not, Benjamin Scot did an amazing thing for prematurity awareness month when he began capturing footage of his premature infant son just days after his birth. You may have seen Benjamin’s video – “Ward › 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

March 8, 2012 – The twins are sick! Both of them have fevers and are coughing a ton! March 11, 2012 – Still both very sick and haven’t slept much since Thursday night. Fevers are very high – going to › Continue Reading

I don’t remember it of course, but the photo on the left was taken after my first surgery for hip dysplasia. I was diagnosed at 11 months and by 13 months underwent my first surgery. You see, I was born › 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

As we approach the 5 year anniversary of my son-in-law Rob’s death, I reflect mostly on how his decision has affected the lives of his two daughters, Sam and Emma. Suicide has been described as ‘a permanent solution to a temporary problem,’ › Continue Reading

The Power of a Story

Over the last month or so, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on 2012, and I’ve come to realize that when you share your story, others are willing to share theirs and big things happen. As people learn about our › 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

This month we are sharing reader-submitted stories that reveal the true spirit of the holiday season. This is Erin’s story of understanding and friendship when it’s needed most. My name is Erin Moore and I am the mother of 4 › Continue Reading

My name is Ashleigh Baker and I have been a Cincinnati Children’s patient my whole life. I was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate and I have been patiently waiting my tenth surgery which is finally tomorrow! As › 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

We have always loved this time of year. Gathering with friends and family, sharing time and food, and taking a few moments to pause and remember what we are all thankful for is so important to me and my family. › Continue Reading

After several months of public speaking, newsletters, personal invitations and phone calls, my granddaughter Sam and her team ROCKED at Cincinnati Walks for Kids on October 20, 2012. She took her place on the stage at the walk that Saturday › Continue Reading