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Norton Children’s Cancer Institute stories

TJ Branham cancer

The cancer journey from a sibling’s perspective

Living with cancer at any age is difficult, but experiencing cancer as a teen is especially difficult when you’re trying to be “normal.” T.J. Branham’s sister, Kayla, opens up about her teen brother’s diagnosis and his incredible strength throughout his cancer journey. I remember so clearly getting the call from him almost in tears saying […] Read More »


‘He thought his goals had been taken from him’

A child’s cancer diagnosis impacts the whole family. Below, Jacob Fields’ mom, Amanda, reflects on the weight of the disease, from her son doubting his future to the reality of remission. I knew something was wrong. I could feel it in my gut, but what I had no idea. The doctor looked at us and […] Read More »

Michael Yocum Jr. cancer

Mom reflects on son’s cancer journey

Michael Yocum Jr. was diagnosed with childhood cancer at age 5. His mom, Spring, recounts the challenges, speed bumps and her son’s faith throughout his journey. He was very thrilled to be at the hospital because he thought it was a hotel. He was only 5 at the time so he had the beautiful innocence […] Read More »

vote for miracles

Vote for Miracles to help kids at Norton Children’s

To look at Aiden Johnson today, you would never know the difficult roads the thriving 13-year-old has traveled as a two-time survivor of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Lately, he’s been traveling a different type of road. Since 2016, Aiden serves as the Kentucky Children’s Miracle Network Champion Ambassador. During 2016 and 2017, he and his […] Read More »

holiday giving

Ways you can support not-for-profit Norton Children’s Hospital this holiday season

The season of giving is officially upon us, and there are plenty of ways you can support children in the hospital. As a charitable organization, donations to Norton Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital Foundation may be tax-deductible. You can make a difference from the cozy comfort of home while sharing a meal with family […] Read More »

Logan Collins

‘How do you tell a 3-year-old they have cancer?’

No parent is prepared to hear their child has cancer. Josh Collins opens up about his experience after receiving the toughest news. The silence was deafening as the early summer day wound down. Finally, all three boys had been put to bed, allowing my wife and I the opportunity to put our feet up and […] Read More »


Doctor Ashok Raj fights cancer with humor

If you were to meet Ashok Raj, M.D., on the street, you would likely see a quiet and soft-spoken guy. But when you get him around his patients, it’s a very different story. “Dr. Raj is awesome,” said Matthew Walker, 14, who was diagnosed with leukemia at age 12 and received treatment at Norton Children’s […] Read More »

pediatric cancer and learning disabilities

Cancer survivors can be at risk for learning disabilities

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 80 percent of children with cancer now survive five years or more thanks to major treatment advancements. As more kids who had childhood cancer grow up, doctors and researchers are learning more about side effects that can happen months or years down the road. Learning disabilities and […] Read More »

Give for Good Louisville

Thanks, Louisville, for helping kids with cancer

Thank you so much for your generosity and outpouring of love for those in our community who have been touched by cancer during this year’s Give for Good Louisville campaign. Funds raised go directly to help care for children and teens at Norton Children’s Cancer Institute. If you missed it, we shared the courageous stories […] Read More »

day of giving louisville

Change a life today and give for good

An estimated 15,780 kids in the United States are diagnosed with childhood cancer every year. In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the Children’s Hospital Foundation asks you to join us today raising funds to help put an end to cancer. Give for good for every family that has to hear “Your child has cancer.” […] Read More »

Tracy Ely norton children's

Cancer survivor’s family gives back to Norton Children’s Hospital

Hundreds of glass figurines glimmer under the light at one Kentucky State Fair booth, but one person shines brighter than all the sparkle. Her name is Tracy Ely. “We were told by someone she would never read,” said Tracy’s mother, Sharon Ely. Today, at 38 years old, one of Tracy’s many passions is reading. As […] Read More »


What it’s like to be a kid with a ‘stupid tumor’

Sleep had never come easy to me. I went to bed happy and tired. My parents tucked me in and I closed my eyes. But nothing happened. I could not sleep. I felt yucky. I did not know why. There was no explanation. Until one day there was. When I was in the first grade, […] Read More »