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The Children
Over 80,000 kids come to Children's Memorial Hospital every year. The Children's Hospital television series filmed dozens of these children. Through this site, its stories and profiles, you can get better acquainted with a few of the kids, and their families. Explore their lives and you will find humor, optimism, hope, courage – all of the qualities that make every child so precious.
Carolyn Shepard Bald and Beautiful
Carolyn Shepard uses words and photos to illustrate her life as a teen with cancer.
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Patient Profiles:
Naivan Avila
Naivan Avila
He was a great team player with other kids, until his appendix was removed. Within days, his behavior spiralled totally out of control.
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Allison Cieslak
Allison Cieslak
For the past 6 years, this wisecracking youngster has been fighting a malignant brain tumor. But her sense of humor is definitely still intact.
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Lauren Gross
Lauren Gross
This bright, outgoing girl has an active mind, trapped in a body that's almost useless. Even so, life is a "normal" mix of school, family and boys.
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Alec Marquez
Alec Marquez
Because he's only 3 years old, this little boy doesn't realize how serious his cancer is, or how many people are pulling together to make him well.
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Dakota Rucker
Dakota Rucker
Like most kids, he plays with friends, argues with siblings, and dawdles in the morning. But he also needs a new kidney – and he's HIV positive.
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Kaylee Smith
Kaylee Smith
A beautiful little girl, Kaylee was born with a type of mole that can signal cancer. Almost as serious, the mole covers an entire hand and forearm.
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Quantell Wood
Quantell Wood
This wisp of a kid has a transplanted liver that could fail at any time. But he also has an oversized laugh, and an adoptive mom who adores him.
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Tom Ford
Tom Ford
A brain tumor never kept this positive kid from playing baseball. But years of treatment have encouraged him to view his life in a very special way.
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Read the Kids' Stories
Use this topic-based index to explore the inspiring stories of kids and families.
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Parent Center
Learn how to explain illnesses using kid-friendly-words. Plus, tips on getting kids to take their medicine, and questions to ask your doctor before making decisions.
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