Families and Friends Share Their Experiences

Meet some of the families and friends of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

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  • Elli's family honors her memory with a fund to provide children with the tools they need to communicate with others.

Behavioral Health

  • The Marine Corps has enlisted Cincinnati Children’s to train therapists serving Marine families to help returning members strengthen their relationships.


  • Katherine enjoys a unique summer camp tailored for her and other amazing kids like her.

Child Life

  • Josh Cares is a one-of-a-kind program that pairs qualified Child Life specialists with children whose families can't be with them during long hospital stays.

Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute

  • Hannah receives life-long care from the Cancer Survivor Center at the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute to help her thrive into adulthood.
  • Adrian has had countless trips to Cincinnati Children's for complications of sickle cell disease.
  • Charlie was diagnosed with leukemia at 18 months old and had eight rounds of chemotherapy.
  • Charles gave his bone marrow to save his little brother, William.
  • Jackson was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis by the experts at Cincinnati Children's
  • Lillian was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor at just 2 years old.
  • Mary's family shares their story to help others.
  • The Meyer family created Max’s Mighty Mob in honor of Max to help fund research of bone marrow failure at Cincinnati Children’s.
  • The Meinhardt family supports cancer research.
  • Shayla lives with complications of sickle cell disease every day.


  • The Mayers family gives back by participating in events and raising funds for research.

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

  • Kristen doesn't let spina bifida keep her from living a full and happy life.
  • Joshua receives care in a brand-new facility designed to meet the unique needs of children who make frequent visits to the medical center.
  • Brady is the inspiration for Brady's Bunch, one of the top fundraising teams for Cincinnati Walks for Kids.

Eosinophilic Disorders

  • Jori has a disorder that makes it impossible for her to eat most foods.
  • Zeke Angel knew the first day he met young Luke Zicarelli that he wanted to do something to help this brave and positive boy – and all the others like him.

Ear, Nose and Throat

  • Nazia traveled from Afghanistan to Cincinnati Children's for specialized surgery to repair her airway.

Fetal Care / Surgery

  • Ethan had surgery at 10 days old to prevent complications from congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH).
  • Robby's condition was so complex that his care at Cincinnati Children's began before he was born.

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

  • Cole, who was diagnosed with Crohn's disease as a teen, now works at the James M. Anderson Center to help improve healthcare quality.
  • Nicholas was born with his intestines blocked. He had surgery at Cincinnati Children's at just 2 days old.
  • Max spent his first six months on dialysis awaiting a life-saving kidney transplant.
  • Morgan, a frequent patient of Cincinnati Children’s, is also a budding philanthropist.

Heart Institute

  • Avery’s life-saving cardiac care inspires her family to participate in Cincinnati Walks for Kids.
  • Austin had two heart surgeries before he was 2 months old.
  • Harrison had open heart surgery at Cincinnati Children's just days after birth. 
  • Matthew had his first open heart surgery at Cincinnati Children's at just 3 months old.

Neurology / Neurosurgery

  • Brea had a life-threatening buildup of fluid on the brain at just 7 months old.
  • Ryan had life-saving neurosurgery at Cincinnati Children's after a tree branch fell, crushing the right side of his skull.
  • Amelia has had 50 surgeries - most of them on her brain - and she's only 8 years old.



  • Riley remains active after surgery to correct mobility issues diagnosed in the new, high-tech Motion Analysis Lab.

Perinatal Institute

  • Mia had the first of five surgeries before she was a month old.



  • Katherine doesn't let juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) slow her down.


  • The Wolfs invested in the expansion of the Israel Exchange Program to further educational collaborations between Cincinnati Children’s and our peers in Israel.
  • Project SEARCH, a program born at Cincinnati Children’s, partners with schools and employers to transition students with special needs from high school to meaningful employment.
  • The Abrecht sisters made a plan to show their love for each other and partner with deserving nonprofits, like Cincinnati Children’s.
  • Adrian is part of the Buckle Up for Life program, which delivers important vehicle safety education.
  • Abby, a therapy dog, brings smiles to patients.
  • The Ingle family includes 14 children, 11 of which were adopted from the United States and around the world.
  • BAE Systems employees join together for Cincinnati Walks for Kids.
  • C. Nelson Melampy, MD, dedicated his life to helping children.
  • Dee Martin gives generously to help fragile infants.
  • Dolores Goldfinger honors her daughter with a bequest to Cincinnati Children's.
  • Dr. Schubert was a gentle physician, a wise mentor and a pioneer.
  • GE Employees help children with chronic conditions attend summer camp.
  • Joseph Jefferson was a modest man, but he left an extraordinary legacy.
  • Manuel Mayerson passed away this year, but his legacy will not be forgotten.
  • Mary Louise Schroth left a legacy of compassion and generosity.
  • Messer Construction Co. has supported Cincinnati Walks for Kids since 2006.
  • The Muellers have provided for patients at Cincinnati Children’s through an endowed fund.
  • Peggy Chen-Ho's family honors her memory with a gift to Cincinnati Children's.
  • Ruth and Fran Rosevear support Cincinnati Children's through a special trust.
  • Wanda Lewis pays tribute to her husband, "Uncle Al," with a memorial gift to the medical center.


Contact Us

For additional information regarding opportunities to support the children and families cared for by Cincinnati Children's, please contact the Department of Development at 513-636-4561, or email development@cchmc.org.