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Cancer patient stories

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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The ‘silver lining’ of cancer treatment

Feb. 27, 2007, is a date that will be engrained in my mind forever. It was the day I found out I had cancer. I had a brain tumor and hydrocephalus, and had to get surgery and start treatment right away. As a little kid I had no idea what these words meant or how […] Read More »

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2-year-old cancer patient bonds with LMPD officers

Two-year-old Eian Wright-Strange has spent the better part of the past five months at Norton Children’s Hospital after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia last fall. But you’d never know his struggle just by spending time with him. Eian, who also has Down syndrome, can be seen walking the halls of the Addison Jo Blair […] Read More »

The secret to beating childhood cancer

The 27th annual Festival of Trees & Lights is Nov. 11 to 13! Hosted by the Children’s Hospital Foundation, the weekend-long winter wonderland celebration would not be possible without the hundreds of volunteers who design and decorate holiday items and work behind the scenes to make it all happen. One of those volunteers is Lucas […] Read More »

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2-time cancer survivor brings joy to kids

This story was originally published on July 2013 and has been updated. On Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007, at the age of 2, Aiden came home from day care with a little fever. I noticed swollen lymph nodes in Aiden’s neck. I just thought he might have tonsillitis. I made an appointment with his doctor for […] Read More »

Teen patient taking on Washington

Anna-Maria Beck, a 17-year-old Sacred Heart student, is going to Washington, D.C. on behalf of children facing serious illnesses. On June 22, Anna-Maria and her family will travel to Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers about new legislation, including the Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act of 2015 (ACE Kids Act), which would make it […] Read More »