• Patients and Families Share Their Experiences

    Tell Me a Story is a storytelling project that records people talking, in their own words, about how Cincinnati Children's has somehow touched their lives. Each month, we record stories of patients and employees whose experiences here have shaped who they are.

    We welcome you to watch the series and share the links in your own social media circles. If you have a story to share, email us at TellMeAStory@cchmc.org.

  • Tell Me a Story

    Abby Blevins.
    Abby Blevins.

    Family Gives Back Via Research

    Tammy Kouns knows she can't change the fact that her daughter, Abby Blevins, has tuberous sclerosis. What she can do, she says, is participate in research that may someday lead to a cure.

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    Grace Green.
    Grace Green.

    Music Lifts Patient's Spirits

    Leslie Green relocated to Cincinnati so that her daughter, Grace, could be treated at Cincinnati Children's.

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    Savannah Day.
    Savannah Day.

    Patient Leads Toy Drive

    Savannah Day, a cheerleader who needs brain surgery at Cincinnati Children's, started a toy drive that to date has collected more than 3,500 items for sick children.
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    Tiernee Gonzalez.
    Tiernee Gonzalez.

    Heart in a Backpack

    Heart patient Tiernee Gonzalez, 20, a childhood cancer survivor, lives with an artificial heart while she waits for another heart transplant.
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    Olivine Tindika.
    Olivine Tindika.

    'Where Miracles Happen'

    Olivine Tindika was born in Kenya with a life-threatening colorectal condition. Her parents searched for experts across the globe who could repair her birth defect. They found the Colorectal Center at Cincinnati Children's.
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    Adriana Lovitz.
    Adriana Lovitz.

    Finding the Right Care

    Medical journeys with two of their children taught Tara and David Lovitz to be strong advocates, to fight for the best care and to appreciate life.
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    Jalen Roberts.
    Jalen Roberts.

    Stronger Through Parenting

    "When it happens that you have a child with special needs, you just become a stronger person," Brandy Roberts says. "You just go about your day pushing yourself more and more. Because if you give up, you're giving up on your child. And you can't do that."
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    Gabriel Soto and his mom, Karla Cruz.
    Gabriel Soto and his mom, Karla Cruz.

    Ending Gabriel's Seizures

    Gabriel Soto was 6 when his seizures began. Doctors in Puerto Rico couldn't explain what was wrong. So the family moved to Cincinnati for specialized care and a surgery that changed his outcome.
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    Michael Newland and his wife, Hilary.
    Michael Newland and his wife, Hilary.

    Accident Teaches Life Lessons

    An accident as a toddler resulted in an amputated foot for Michael Newland, but he went on to play sports and do everything any other kid did. This is his story.
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    Kendall Jamison with her twin brother.
    Kendall Jamison with her twin brother.

    When a Twin Needs a New Heart

    When one twin was born with a heart murmur, the real medical journey began.

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    Braxton Brooks.
    Braxton Brooks.

    'He's In Good Hands'

    When they learned their son had a medical condition, Tina and Kevin Brooks found comfort in knowing that "he's in good hands." 

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    Hannah Stoll.
    Hannah Stoll.

    Holidays in the Hospital

    Being in and out of the hospital has taught the Stoll family some important lessons. They have gained an appreciation for what they have instead of what they've missed.
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    Emmett Rauch with his mother, Karla.
    Emmett Rauch with his mother, Karla.

    Dangers of Button Batteries

    Emmett Rauch almost died because he swallowed something ordinary: a button battery from a remote control. The battery did major damage to his airway and lungs. He's getting better largely because of surgeons at Cincinnati Children's.
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    Tori Williams.
    Tori Williams.

    Skier Recovers from Injury

    Nearly two years ago, Tori Williams, had a bad landing from a jump nearly destroyed her knee. Surgery and rehab have built back her strength.
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    Callie Talbot.
    Callie Talbot.

    Summer Camp Memories

    Callie Talbot was 8 years old when she first came to summer camp for patients with cancer and blood diseases. Here, she talks with camp nurse Linda Polman about what's so great about summer camp.
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    Anne Boat, MD.
    Anne Boat, MD.

    Cancer Patient Leaves Legacy

    Learn how devastating news transformed a doctor's role and made a difference for families. 

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    Emma Wendland with her son, Elias.
    Emma Wendland with her son, Elias.

    Krabbé Disease and Hanging On

    What a devastating leukodystrophy called Krabbé disease has taught one family about hospice, about hanging on, and about a kind of life and love they never expected.

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    Isaac Hinton.
    Isaac Hinton.

    Joy on Wheels

    Isaac Hinkel is a 2-year-old with a contagious smile and a rare birth defect. His parents found confidence in surgeons here to repair his abdomen and spine and help him thrive.

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    Lydia Clark.
    Lydia Clark.

    For Heart Patient Life Goes On

    When doctors told Lydia Clark she needed a new heart, she adopted a philosophy that "life goes on." So why worry when you can enjoy what you have?
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    Brandon and Jayvin Adams.
    Brandon and Jayvin Adams.

    One Day at a Time

    When their son, Jayvin, was diagnosed with leukemia, parents Lindsey Roark and Brandon Adams say the hardest part was not knowing what the next day would bring. But they learned to get through it one day at a time.
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    Ella Battson.
    Ella Battson.

    Broken Leg Saves Ella's Life

    ER doctors fixing Ella Battson's leg found something worse: a tumor in her stomach. Seven years later, she is cancer-free and wants to be a nurse.

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    Bryce Staverman with his sister.
    Bryce Staverman with his sister.

    Family's Look at Life Changes

    Bryce Staverman was born without the part of the brain that controls his gross and fine motor skills. Today, he communicates via an iPad.
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    Alex Jofriet.
    Alex Jofriet.

    Finding the Silver Lining

    When he was 9 years old and in fourth grade, Alex Jofriet dropped to a rail-thin 50 pounds. He was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disease. Today, at 17, Alex has learned to manage his condition. He says it has made him always look for the silver lining in life.
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    Nora and her sister, Katie.
    Nora and her sister, Katie.

    Bringing Nora Home

    When Emily and Brian Chesnut had twins, one was diagnosed with a heart condition and Down syndrome, and the other had no complications at all. This is the story of how that diagnosis has changed their perspective on life, parenthood and what it means to be a family.
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    Patient Becomes the Coach

    Titus Lail grew up as the big kid always being teased because of his weight. As a teen, he had weight loss surgery at Cincinnati Children's. At 22, he's half his former size, and he has become a role model for the kids he coaches in youth football.

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    Teen Loses 101 Pounds

    Miranda Taylor weight 265 pounds when she decided she wanted to change. A year later, she is nearly half her size. But her excitement for life has multiplied.

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    Hallie Pollard.
    Hallie Pollard.

    Dealing with Chronic Pain

    Hallie Pollard, a pre-teen ballet dancer, knows what it's like to deal with aches that get in the way of life. She started coming to the Pain Clinic at Cincinnati Children's last year. Specialists diagnosed her with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, or EDS, a condition that makes her joints hyper elastic and prone to pain. Today, Hallie says she has her life back.

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    Ashley O'Hara and her mother.
    Ashley O'Hara and her mother.

    Surgical Weight Loss for Teens

    Ever since she was 3, Ashley O'Hara struggled with weight issues. As she grew older, she was diagnosed with insulin resistance that turned into Type 2 diabetes. By the time she was 15, she was closing in on 300 pounds and desperate for answers. She then  found the Surgical Weight Loss for Teens program at Cincinnati Children's. 

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    Daniel Crush with two of  his sisters.
    Daniel Crush with two of  his sisters.

    A Family Deals with Autism

    Autism has had a impact on every member of the Crush family ever since Daniel was diagnosed as a toddler. Now 19, Daniel is still the hub of the family. This is the story of how he taught Susie and Steve Crush to be better parents and how the whole family learned to hang onto the laughter.

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    Mikayla Crutchfield.
    Mikayla Crutchfield.

    Finding Focus

    After being enrolled in a 16-week reading intervention program at Cincinnati Children's, second grader Mikayla Crutchfield improved her reading grade from an F to an A. "She didn't want to read out loud in the classroom. Now she's eager to read," says her grandmother, Rolanda.

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    Lydia Butler.
    Lydia Butler.

    Issues for 'Cardiac Kids'

    Lydia Butler's heart problems were so severe that she had three open-heart surgeries by the time she was 4 years old. Today, doctors are not only keeping an eye on the 7-year-old's heart. They also are trying to figure out what is going on inside her brain.

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    Julie Bonn.
    Julie Bonn.

    From Patient to Doctor

    Julie Bonn is a vibrant 24-year-old with a bright and promising future. Twelve years ago, that future hung in the balance. "I went from being perfectly healthy to status 1A on the liver transplant list," she says. Now a medical student with plans to become a gastroenterologist, Julie's dream is to find a better way.

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    Kyle Dawson.
    Kyle Dawson.

    Phone Call Provides Confidence

    Kyle Dawson's parents suspected a sledding accident was what was making him limp at the end of the winter in 2011. But doctors diagnosed him with something they had never heard of: Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease. A phone call from Kyle's surgeon gave the Dawsons confidence in the care team.

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    Ethan Daniel.
    Ethan Daniel.

    Berlin Heart Bridge

    Ethan Daniel's medical journey started with a puffy eye. He was a little boy who needed a heart transplant and the right specialists to bridge the way. This is the story of how doctors saved his life and bridged the way to transplant with something called a Berlin Heart.

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    Chase Tieber.
    Chase Tieber.

    Parents Find Answers Here

    Chase Tieber was born in 2009 with a brachial plexus injury. His parents were worried. Would he be healthy? Would he ever be able to throw a football? With the right surgery and therapy, the answer is yes on both counts.

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    Greatest Gifts

    Tyler Scheid and his mother, Cindy, both know what it's like to be a transplant patient. They've both had kidney transplants. And they say organ donation is one of the greatest gifts you can give someone.

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    Zoe Bruce.
    Zoe Bruce.

    Competitive Spirit Unbroken

    Zoe Bruce, a competitive gymnast, was practicing on the high bars two years ago when she fell and broke and dislocated both elbows. Today at age 11, her competitive spirit is unbroken. She says her injury made her stronger.
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    Jenna Weber spent her high school years fighting headaches. At 18, she considers herself a success story because of the coping skills she learned at the Headache Center at Cincinnati Children's.
    Jenna Weber spent her high school years fighting headaches. At 18, she considers herself a success story because of the coping skills she learned at the Headache Center at Cincinnati Children's.

    Helping Teens Manage Migraines

    Jenna Weber spent her high school years fighting headaches. At 18, she considers herself a success story because of the coping skills she learned at the Headache Center at Cincinnati Children's.

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    When Elene Lester took custody of her grandson, Jakob, she was unemployed and didn't have diapers or formula, much less a stocked pantry. When she brought Jakob to Cincinnati Children's for an appointment, physicians identified the family's needs and put them in touch with resources.
    When Elene Lester took custody of her grandson, Jakob, she was unemployed and didn't have diapers or formula, much less a stocked pantry. When she brought Jakob to Cincinnati Children's for an appointment, physicians identified the family's needs and put them in touch with resources.

    Helping Families in Need

    When Elene Lester took custody of her grandson, Jakob, she was unemployed and didn't have diapers or formula, much less a stocked pantry. When she brought Jakob to Cincinnati Children's for an appointment, physicians identified the family's needs and put them in touch with resources.

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    Cole Jackson.
    Cole Jackson.

    Turning Burdens into Blessings

    When Cole Jackson was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at age 13, he held onto it like a secret. Nearly a decade later, he is putting his efforts into a mentoring program so other patients don't have to suffer alone.

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    Adam Zust.
    Adam Zust.

    Teen Sees Past His Stroke

    Adam Zust is a high school senior who survived a stroke. A year after collapsing on a treadmill, he wants his recovery to be an inspiration to people.

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    Aiden Putnam.
    Aiden Putnam.

    Life After Childhood Stroke

    Aiden Putnam was just 7 when he collapsed playing laser tag. He had a stroke. And with the help of Cincinnati Children's, he relearned how to walk and talk and tell about how his family never lost hope.

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    Brody Muskopf.
    Brody Muskopf.

    Making Little Moments Special

    Six-year-old Brody Muskopf was born with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a disease that is destroying his muscles. His mom says the pain makes the good times that much better.

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    Sean Dougherty.
    Sean Dougherty.

    Researching Rare Eye Condition

    Sean Dougherty, 21, has cone dystrophy, a condition that deteriorates his vision. Researcher Tiffany Cook, PhD, says meeting him gives her tremendous insight into how she might be able to help find a cure.

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    Joanna Bendel.
    Joanna Bendel.

    Technology Helps Communication

    Joanna Bendel communicates with something she calls her "talker." She has apraxia, a motor speech disorder that makes it hard for her to speak and be understood. But she wants people to know she still has a lot to say.

    Watch Joanna's Story
    Joe Kastner.
    Joe Kastner.

    Listening for a Whisper

    Joe Kastner has paralyzed vocal cords and speaks in a whisper. And his gift to his family is that he has made them better listeners.

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    The Sieber family.
    The Sieber family.

    Support for Severe Allergies

    Andrew and Julie Sieber's sons all have some form of severe allergy, but Ethan and Jacob are diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis. It is an allergic inflammatory condition that can make the esophagus swell.

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    An image of Annie Coyle.
    An image of Annie Coyle.

    Family Races to Beat Cancer

    Annie Coyle was in the sixth grade when she found out a golf ball-sized lump in her throat was cancerous. But with the help of her doctors and family, Annie beat non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

    Annie Coyle
    Image of Addyson Strotman.
    Image of Addyson Strotman.

    Straightening Out Scoliosis

    A mother's instinct told Courtney Strotman something was wrong with her baby. Five months later, doctors diagnosed Addyson with infantile scoliosis. Orthopaedic surgeon Peter Sturm, MD, recently brought the Mehta casting technique to Cincinnati Children's. "It's less invasive, and it works."

    Addyson Strotman
    An image of Alison Delgado.
    An image of Alison Delgado.

    Accident Tests Determination

    Alison and Tim Delgado met in medical school. But just five months after they married, an accident tested their love and their determination — and ultimately affirmed their strength.

    Alison Delgado
    Image of Ashtyn Carrier.
    Image of Ashtyn Carrier.

    Child Fights Back

    Ashtyn Carrier was 7 when she was diagnosed with a rare immune-system disorder called Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis, better known as HLH. Ashtyn and her dad talk about their experience leading up to the transplant.

    Ashtyn Carrier
    Image of Christopher
    Image of Christopher

    Music Therapy Helps Patient

    Brian Schreck pioneered the pediatric music therapy program at Cincinnati Children's four years ago, primarily as an outlet for cancer and rehab patients. His fan base includes kids such as Christopher "Critter" Smith, who died in April 2011 at age 13 after battling his second relapse of leukemia.

    Christopher Critter Smith
    Image of Clifton Hon.
    Image of Clifton Hon.

    Bonding Over Talk of Cancer

    Clifton Hon crossed paths with Amy Elam, both employees at Cincinnati Children's. Elam's daughter has been battling cancer for nearly a decade and Hon is in his fourth year of overcoming colon cancer. They forged a friendship and found a way to help each other through the ups and downs of cancer.

    Clifton Hon and Amy Elam
    Image of Devin Carr.
    Image of Devin Carr.

    Coming Out of a Coma

    Deanna Carr jokes that she talked her son out of a coma. Devin Carr was almost 12 when a speeding pickup truck struck him, sending him into a coma for a month. Doctors did not expect him to live, but his mom had a feeling he would pull through.

    Devin Carr
    Image of Dillon Rosenlieb.
    Image of Dillon Rosenlieb.

    Robotic Legs Give Parents Hope

    Dillon Rosenlieb has cerebral palsy. His parents hope that a machine called a Lokomat can train his muscles and his mind to do the real thing on his own.

    Dillon Rosenlieb
    Image of Erin Grasty.
    Image of Erin Grasty.

    Epilepsy Doesn't Define Teen

    Erin Grasty began suffering seizures when she was 10. That's how the lively 16-year-old began what she calls her "e-coaster," or epilepsy roller coaster. Erin, a frequent visitor to Cincinnati Children's, has learned how to manage her condition and educate classmates about epilepsy.

    Erin Grasty
    Image of Abby Golden Doodle.
    Image of Abby Golden Doodle.

    Therapy Dogs Bring Kids Smiles

    Something special happens when Abby enters the building. The mood lightens. People stop and smile. Conversations begin. Abby Golden Doodle, a therapy dog, looks like she's smiling back at everyone who smiles at her.

    Greg Park
    Image of Immanuel Vaughn.
    Image of Immanuel Vaughn.

    Immanuel's Story of Hope

    When Immanuel Vaughn arrived early, on Christmas Day 2008, they knew he would be even more special. He struggled not only with being premature but also with liver cancer. His parents looked to experts at Cincinnati Children's for specialized treatment.

    Immanuel Vaughn
    Image of Jan Borgman.
    Image of Jan Borgman.

    Life From a Different Angle

    Cincinnati Children's employees Jan Borgman and Tina Ulanowski talk about providing care and support for families struggling with a child who is dying.

    Jan Borgman and Tina Ulanowski
    Image of Jeff Geoppinger.
    Image of Jeff Geoppinger.

    Gingerbread Man's Tradition

    Listen to Jeff Geoppinger talk about how his family started the tradition of bringing a gingerbread house every year to nurses at Cincinnati Children's. Now the Geoppingers are getting another generation involved -- their son.

    Jeff Geoppinger
    Image of Jovante Woods.
    Image of Jovante Woods.

    Jovante Woods' Story

    Jovante Woods suffered an asthma attack in August 2010 so severe that it killed him. His parents talk about what they didn't know that could be a lesson for other parents.

    Jovante Woods
    Image of Jacob Fitzpatrick.
    Image of Jacob Fitzpatrick.

    Chiari Brain Malformations

    Jacob and Dylan have a rare Chiari brain malformation. Dr. Crone performed surgery on both boys and helped the Fitzpatricks identify and define the unknowns of the condition. The family has made it their mission to help other families going through the same journey.

    Jacob Dylan Fitzpatrick
    Image of Mallory Hopper.
    Image of Mallory Hopper.

    Patient and Nurse Connect

    Mallory Hopper was about to have spine surgery when she made a connection with Angela Strader, a nurse at Cincinnati Children's.  Not only have they had the same surgery at the same age, but they even had the same surgeon, Dr. Alvin Crawford.

    Mallory Hopper
    Image of Maria Hoffman.
    Image of Maria Hoffman.

    Maria Hoffman Shares Her Story

    Maria is a long-term patient at Cincinnati Children's with chronic renal failure. She talks with her nurse Lena Riley about her experience and memories as a young patient at the hospital.

    Maria Hoffman
    Image of Max Meyer.
    Image of Max Meyer.

    Ellee's Bone Marrow Gives Life

    Max, who was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, needed his sister's bone marrow because his own did not produce sufficient new cells to replenish blood cells. But Max is back on his grade school basketball team, healthy as ever.

    Max Meyer
    Image of Meggie Zahneis.
    Image of Meggie Zahneis.

    Teen Counts Her Blessings

    Meggie was born with a very rare disorder called HSAN II (Hereditary Sensory and Autonomic Neuropathy, type 2) which calls for visits to Children's Hospital.  She says, "Children's has been there for me for all these years, and best of all, I know they will be for many more."

    Meggie Zahneis
    Image of Nakiea Spaulding.
    Image of Nakiea Spaulding.

    Project SEARCH Teaches Skills

    As a young adult, Nakiea Spaulding became one the first participants in Project SEARCH, a program founded at Cincinnati Children's that teaches job skills to people who have disabilities. Now, at 37, Nakiea Spaulding still works with the program as a supervisor and lead lab courier.

    Nakiea Spaulding
    Image of Paige Alessandro.
    Image of Paige Alessandro.

    Let's Get this Party Started

    Paige Alessandro had a vascular disorder that affected her spinal cord. Paige and her family never focused on her limitations. And although her life was short, they still celebrate the courageous way she lived.

    Paige Alessandro
    Image of Paul Miller, clown.
    Image of Paul Miller, clown.

    Send in the Clowns

    Motivational clown Paul Miller, founder of Circus Mojo, has come up with a program called Mojo Medicine to give hospitalized kids a fun outlet. Miller has a grant to study the effects his performances have on patients. And if the sound of laughter is any indication, this kind of medicine is working pretty well.

    Paul Miller
    Image of Payton Stephens.
    Image of Payton Stephens.

    Getting Better Is Like a Prize

    Payton Stephens, a 9-year-old Cincinnati Children's patient who has a history of immune infections, says getting better "feels like you've got a prize." Despite her medical struggles, her mom says she always has a smile on her face and is determined to encourage sick kids to get better.

    Payton Stephens
    Image of Preston Henson.
    Image of Preston Henson.

    Dad Gives Son a Precious Gift

    E. coli food poisoning quickly worsened into a disease that began destroying Preston Henson's kidneys. His dad, Gerald, made the decision to donate one of his kidneys, and the transplant was successful.

    Preston Henson
    An image of Regan Arnold.
    An image of Regan Arnold.

    Patient Inspires Oncologist

    Regan Arnold was diagnosed with something called lymphangiosarcoma, a lymphatic blood-vessel cancer that is almost unheard of in kids. Despite it all, Regan kept an amazing attitude.

    Regan Arnold
    An image of Ryan Korengel.
    Image of Ryan Korengel.

    Braving the Storm

    A tree branch hit Ryan Korengel in the head during a wind storm, and his traumatic brain injury was so serious his family feared for his life. Thanks to his doctors and therapists at Cincinnati Children's, Ryan pulled through.

    Ryan Korengel
    Image of Shane DiGiovanna.
    Image of Shane DiGiovanna.

    Battling a Skin Disease

    Shane DiGiovanna has never gone a day in his life without bandages. He was born with a rare skin condition known as EB, or epidermolysis bullosa. The family relocated to Cincinnati so Shane can be treated by specialists such as dermatologist Anne Lucky, MD, an expert on the disorder.

    Shane DiGiovanna
    Image of Sydney Sanborn.
    Image of Sydney Sanborn.

    Teen Inspires Insight

    Sydney Sanborn was a 9-pound baby whose shoulder was pinched in the birth canal, leaving her with brachial plexus palsy. After receiving surgery at the Brachial Plexus Center, she made a comment to doctors that led them to rethink about how the arm communicates with the brain after a nerve injury.

    Sydney Sanborn
    Image of Taylor Brown.
    Image of Taylor Brown.

    Patient Prepares to go Home

    Taylor Brown has lived at the Ronald McDonald House of Greater Cincinnati for three years, waiting for life-saving transplants. And she is on the road to recovery. She has found a home away from home at Cincinnati Children's, but is ready to go home through her own front door.

    Taylor Brown
    Image of Asia Werner.
    A photo of Asia Werner.

    Learning What Life Is About

    Asia Werner was born 9 weeks premature with a defective heart. Without a transplant, her family feared she wouldn't live past her first birthday. That was when her family learned of another family's loss 500 miles away. Asia got his heart. Today, she is an 11-year-old who considers her donor as close as a little brother.

    Asia Werner
    A photo of Mikel Dijak.
    A photo of Mikel Dijak.

    Disease Brings Family Closer

    Michelle Gardner was 17 when her son, Mikel Dijak, was born two months too early. He spent his first six weeks at Cincinnati Children's and was diagnosed with Shwachman-Diamond syndrome. Dealing with the disease has made them all grow up and realize what being a family is all about.

    Mikel Dijak
    Image of parents Michael and Kerrie Magdich with Kathy Cassady.
    A photo of Kathy Cassady with parents Michael and Kerrie Magdich.

    ParentTOUCH Connects Families

    Two decades after her own daughter's traumatic birth, Kathy Cassady returns to Cincinnati Children's regularly to give other parents hope. She is part of the ParentTOUCH program. Meeting Kathy came at the perfect time for Michael and Kerrie Magdich whose son also had a traumatic birth.

    Kathy Cassady
    A photo of Olivia LaRosa.
    A photo of Olivia LaRosa.

    Early Treatment Pays Off

    Olivia LaRosa was born with hearing impairment. From the moment she began making babbling sounds, her parents brought her to Cincinnati Children's for treatment. Early interventions with hearing aids and speech therapy worked. 

    Olivia LaRosa
    A photo of Katie Landgrebe.
    A photo of Katie Landgrebe.

    Fixing AND Preventing Injuries

    When Katie Landgrebe broke her femur, she came to the Sports Medicine Biodynamics Center for physical therapy. The training helped lead the team to a winning season and helped the sports medicine program at become known not just for helping injured athletes — but also for preventing them altogether.

    Katie Landgrebe
    A photo of Eli Wilkening.
    A photo of Eli Wilkening.

    Future Storm Chaser

    From his room on the oncology ward, Eli Wilkening has been looking out the window, ready to chase some storms. The outlook for Eli is looking good. He is scheduled to finish his cancer treatments in August and put his bout with leukemia behind him.

    Eli Wilkening
    A photo of Josh Mack.
    A photo of Josh Mack.

    Talk Show Dream Comes True

    8-year-old Josh Mack, who dreams of becoming a talk show host one day, said he wished he could interview the head of the hospital. His doctor told him he could make that wish happen. That's how the Josh Mack Show with special guest Michael Fisher came about.

    Josh Mack
    A photo of Samantha Morissey.
    A photo of Samantha Morissey.

    Samantha Morissey's Story

    Watch a video as Samantha describes her experience with Ewing's sarcoma and how it has made her a stronger person.

    Samantha Morissey's Story
    An image of Dustin Holston.
    Image of Dillon Rosenlieb.

    Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Teen

    Dustin Holston is 21 years old and can finally say he has learned how to feed himself properly. After receiving a  gastric sleeve operation, Dustin is now 160 pounds lighter and credits the surgery for saving his life.

    Dustin Holston
    A photo of Kacy and Stacy Cluxton.
    A photo of Kacy and Stacy Cluxton.

    Overcoming Eating Disorders

    Kacy and Stacy Cluxton became dangerously thin and their worried parents brought them to Cincinnati Children's for help. After years of treatment for anorexia nervosa, the twins are now helping to promote the eating disorder program at Cincinnati Children's and the new inpatient psychiatric unit at the Lindner Center of HOPE in Mason.

    Kacy and Stacy Cluxton
    An image of Karina Montes and her mother.
    An image of Karina Montes and her mother.

    Quinceañera Inspires Fitness

    For nearly three years, Karina Montes has imagined what she would look like when it came time for her quinceañera. Her mom brought her to Cincinnati Children's when she was 12 to help her transform from an overweight child to a healthy teenager. This is the story she shared with dietitian Barb Lattin.

    Karina Montes
    A photo of Nick Lockwood.
    A photo of Nick Lockwood.

    Technology Helps Siblings

    Emma and Nick have Spinal Muscular Atrophy, an inherited disease that causes loss of motor function. Their family helps run a foundation to find a cure, and they come to The Perlman Center at Cincinnati Children's for therapy that helps them beat the odds.

    Emma, Nick Lockwood
    A photo of Jack Lennon.
    A photo of Jack Lennon.

    Blessed with Parents' Kidneys

    At age 7, Jack Lennon needed a kidney transplant and his dad donated one. When he needed a new one in 1995, his mom was the donor. Jack received both kidney transplants at Cincinnati Children's. Today, he and his parents are healthy and grateful for the care they received.

    Jack Lennon
    A photo of Devon Buesking.
    A photo of Devon Buesking.

    When Life Gets Put on Hold

    Devon Buesking found out in high school that she had ulcerative colitis. The painful condition made her so sick she had to spend months at a time in the hospital at Cincinnati Children's. Now that she's better, she's paying it forward, running marathons to raise money to help other kids beat the same disease.

    Devon Buesking
    A photo of Beni Blaj.
    A photo of Beni Blaj.

    Surgery Saves Boy's Life

    When a gastroenterologist from Cincinnati Children's was visiting Romania, he noticed a sickly, malnourished baby with Hirschsprung disease. With the help of doctors from Cincinnati Children's, Beni came here to the Colorectal Center for care that saved his life.

    Benjamin Blaj
    A photo of Dr. Levitt and Dr. Peña.
    A photo of Dr. Levitt and Dr. Peña.

    Colorectal Center on the Map

    Dr. Marc Levitt was a medical student when he first met Dr. Alberto Peña and decided to study under him. They developed an international Colorectal Center at Cincinnati Children's that treats patients from all over the world.

    Colorectal Center
    A photo of Heather Showman.
    A photo of Heather Showman.

    Payoff Is a Smile

    Mary Showman searched the internet for help for her daughter, Heather, who has suffered from tuberous sclerosis since she was a baby. Her mom found help at Cincinnati Children's. Heather's parents credit doctors with saving her life. Her doctors say it's rewarding just to see Heather smile.

    Heather Showman
    A photo of Meron Azage.
    A photo of Meron Azage.

    Personalizing Medicine

    Meron Azage and Katie Armstrong came to Cincinnati to be part of one of the few genetic counseling graduate programs in the country. They describe themselves as "medical translators" who have a background in psychology and science and will be able to help families understand genetic disorders.

    Meron Azage
    A photo of Gail McMonigle and Cornelia Gonsalves.
    A photo of Gail McMonigle and Cornelia Gonsalves.

    Medical Staff Gives Back

    After 12 trips to Haiti, Gail McMonigle connected with people she loves. Others from Cincinnati Children's, including Cornelia Gonsalves and Dr. David Franz, joined the last trip. They helped open a world of medical care to people who needed it and found satisfaction in helping a world beyond their own.

    Gail McMonigle
    A photo of Regina Juergens.
    A photo of Regina Juergens.

    Child Becomes an Inspiration

    Regina Juergens was born with odds stacked against her. But after more than 100 hospital procedures, her complications are manageable. Regina is 4 and is beating the odds. She goes to preschool and makes friends everywhere she goes.

    Regina Juergens
    A photo of Callie Talbot.
    A photo of Callie Talbot.

    You've Got a Friend

    Callie Talbot was 8 when she first came to camp for cancer kids. Years later, she helps other campers keep a positive perspective.

    Callie Talbot
    A photo of Cameron Noe.
    A photo of Cameron Noe.

    Future 'Cowboy Hematologist'

    Cameron Noe dreams of starting a ranch someday. But his biggest dream is to help find cures for diseases.

    Cameron Noe
    A photo of Drew Barry.
    A photo of Drew Barry.

    Growing Up with Hemophilia

    Drew Barry grew up avoiding daredevil. Having hemophilia shaped who he became and taught him to be responsible.

    Drew Barry
    A photo of Cody Harrison.
    A photo of Cody Harrison.

    Learning to Laugh Again

    When will an oncologist take you joyriding on a golf cart? When you are a cancer patient at summer camp, like Cody Harrison.

    Cody Harrison
    A photo of Zion Coleman.
    A photo of Zion Coleman.

    Kids with Sickle Cell Disease

    Summer camp is one of Zion Coleman's favorite times of the year. It's when he gets to reconnect with friends who have sickle cell disease.

    Zion Coleman
    A photo of LeCarol Baston.
    A photo of LeCarol Baston.

    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

    LeCarol Baston brings a little bit of summer camp back to the hospital with her son when she sings camp songs to get through blood draws.

    LeCarol Batson
    A photo of Bailey Walker.
    A photo of Bailey Walker.

    Positivity Inspires Nurses

    Nurses fight to take care of Bailey Walker. The 8-year-old lymphoma patient says it's her positive attitude that makes her so popular.

    Bailey Walker
    A photo of Zeke Angel.
    A photo of Zeke Angel.

    Reality TV Teen to Role Model

    People recognize Zeke Angel from the MTV reality show "True Life - I'm Allergic to Everything." His next role, he says, is to lead the fight for a cure.

    Zeke Angel
    A photo of Shannon Perdue.
    A photo of Shannon Perdue.

    High-Risk Pregnancy Worries

    Shannon and Andy Perdue worried before their daughter's birth that something might be wrong. They consider what happened next a miracle.

    Presley Perdue
    A photo of Aubrey Clark.
    A photo of Aubrey Clark.

    Colorectal Surgery Success

    Doctors repaired Aubrey Clark's internal plumbing so she could get back to the business of just being a kid.

    Aubrey Clark
    A photo of Sam Potter.
    A photo of Sam Potter.

    The Burden of Depression

    A couple of years after her dad committed suicide, Sam Potter wanted her life to be over, too. Treatment at Cincinnati Children's turned things around.

    Sam Potter
    A photo of Amelia Murphy.
    A photo of Amelia Murphy.

    Taking on Spina Bifida

    Amelia Murphy was born with spina bifida. It's made her the bravest person her family knows.

    Amelia Murphy
    A photo of John Hutton at his children's bookstore, The Blue Manatee Bookstore.
    A photo of John Hutton at his children's bookstore, The Blue Manatee Bookstore.

    Unplug the Kids

    John Hutton, MD, a part-time pediatrician at Cincinnati Children's and owner of a local children's bookstore, is on a mission to get kids out from in front of the TV and keep little ones "screen-free" until age 3.

    John Hutton
    A photo of Sarah Anderson.
    A photo of Sarah Anderson.

    A Family with Heart

    When Sarah (Steel) Anderson went into cardiac arrest at 12 years old, little did her family know it would uncover that hypertrophic cardiomyopathy runs in the family.

    Sarah Anderson
    Zoey Briesacher.
    Zoey Briesacher.

    Their "Miracle Baby"

    Kelly Briesacher learned while she was pregnant that her babies had twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome.

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    Jacob Souders.
    Jacob Souders.

    Horses Spur Healing

    Jacob Souders was a 12-year-old sixth-grader whose mother didn't know how to keep him under control.

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    Maria Seta.
    Maria Seta.

    Patient Becomes Nurse

    Maria Seta came to Cincinnati Children's as a child because she had a type of kidney cancer. Today, she's a nurse here.
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    Joey Evans.
    Joey Evans.

    All Grown Up

    Some of Joey Evans' earliest memories are from growing up at Cincinnati Children's, where he was a cancer patient. Looking back, he sees how strong fighting cancer made him.

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    Matthew Grosser.
    Matthew Grosser.

    Inspired to Give Back

    As a baby, Matthew Grosser had a brain tumor. He spent years going in and out of the hospital. It made him appreciate his caregivers and become determined to give back.

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    Joseph Dunn.
    Joseph Dunn.

    Cancer Shaped His Future

    As a childhood cancer patient, Joseph Dunn lost his hair before he was in the seventh grade. He grew up to become a nurse who understands what it's like to be a patient.  

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