Schielar Skaggs almost didn’t make it – but he fought

Before he was born, Schielar Skaggs’ parents, Terry and Melissa, worried about the life their son would have. Would he survive childbirth? If he did, would his life be short and filled with suffering and […]

10 facts about childhood cancer

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, childhood cancers make up less than 1% of all cancers diagnosed each year. In 2019, about 11,060 children in the United States under […]

A team approach to tackling a 4-year-old’s leukemia

For many families, Christmas is a time for treasured memories. For the Walsh family, the Christmas of 2018 will always be unforgettable, but not for the usual reasons. That was when 4-year-old Seth was diagnosed […]

What is a haploidentical blood and marrow transplant?

A haploidentical transplant is a special type of allogeneic blood and marrow transplant used to treat children with blood-related cancer and disorders, for whom a conventional stem cell donor cannot be found. In an allogeneic […]

Family discovers child’s brain tumor after routine eye checkup

Three-year-old Apphia Rosenthal started a regular day last summer eating eggs and chatting with her parents. She was excited about what color glasses she would choose if she needed them (she was thinking something in […]

Revolutionary CAR-T cell therapy for leukemia treatment coming to Louisville

Kids with leukemia in the Louisville area soon will be able to get the next big advance in treatment, a revolutionary immunotherapy known as CAR-T (chimeric antigen receptor T cells) therapy. In CAR-T therapy, a […]

Helping kids with cancer find a new purpose in music

Not much rattles Joseph M. Flynn, D.O., MPH, FACP, chief administrative officer for Norton Medical Group and physician-in-chief for Norton Cancer Institute. Yet, he admits to having butterflies last May as he stood backstage with […]

Sunscreen ingredients like oxybenzone are less risky for kids than skin cancer

A recent study by the Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA has prompted worries about sunscreen ingredients such as oxybenzone that can be absorbed into the bloodstream, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to […]

Umbilical cord blood can help children with cancer and blood disorders

July is Cord Blood Awareness Month. Did you know that umbilical cord blood can be used to treat more than 70 diseases, including blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma? If you’re expecting a baby, you […]

Splash ‘n’ Dash event honors local teen

This year marks the 11th anniversary of the passing of Max Gilpin, a local high school football player who suffered a heat stroke during a team practice. The community remembers Max’s legacy through the annual […]

Louisville second-grader heads to U.S. Capitol to advocate for kids’ health

Hey there! My name is Eleanor and I’m 8 years old. I love drawing and art. I also really like to play with Legos with my little sister. I’m in the second grade, and the […]

Child diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes? 5 things all parents should know

I remember very clearly the day that my son Cooper was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. I was sitting with my husband and Cooper in the emergency department waiting to see the endocrinologist. As we […]

Bourbon & Bowties 2019: Celebrating 10 years of helping kids

Two families with one common cause. That’s what led to the creation of Bourbon & Bowties, now celebrating its 10th year as a premier fundraising event for the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Finding a way to […]

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Parents to honor daughter who survived Wilms tumor at Chili’s Clip for Kids

It was a few days after Morgan Villanova’s fifth birthday in September 2015, just as she was beginning kindergarten at Goldsmith Elementary School in Louisville, when she and her family received life-changing news. Morgan had […]

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Leukemia in children: What it is, signs and symptoms

Leukemia is the most common cancer in children and teens, accounting for almost 1 out of 3 cancers. Most childhood leukemias are acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). Most of the remaining cases of leukemia in children […]

A collaborative approach to treating Ebstein anomaly

Collaborative heart care helps Indiana boy’s Ebstein anomaly

Audrey Sims’ first clue that her twins’ birth would be complicated came at 14 weeks of pregnancy, when a routine ultrasound found that one of her sons, Aiden, had a blocked lymph node, which can […]

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Music therapy gives young cancer patient new joy

When acute lymphoblastic leukemia took away Lana Dobson’s greatest love — gymnastics — she was left with a void she thought she would never fill. From age 4, gymnastics was Lana’s life. She practiced six […]

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A mother’s effort to prevent kids’ head injuries with bike helmets

Nine years ago, at age 7, T.J. Floyd lost his independence just as he was discovering it. His parents, Heather and Bo, lost the child they knew — and all the dreams and aspirations they […]

New blood and bone marrow transplant procedures for Louisville kids

A new hematologist in Louisville is putting international research to practice for local kids. His specialty: blood and bone marrow disorders such as leukemia and immune deficiency. William T. Tse, M.D., Ph.D., with UofL Physicians […]

What is a child life specialist?

Getting a life-changing diagnosis, such as cancer, can create fear, uncertainty and stress for a child and his or her family. Child life specialists are professionals who provide emotional support, education and help children and […]


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