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September 26, 2017 | Jodi Vasquez, mother of patients

Elena and Peyton have the same passion: swimming 

Elena began swimming when she was 10 years old at the suggestion of her orthopedic surgeon while her brother, Peyton, was fighting cancer. She loved the sport instantly and found the water relieved the stress of life’s curveballs and the pain her scoliosis sometimes caused.

Elena excelled instantly in backstroke. Her long arms made her look like a water ballerina. She was so graceful when she swam that her stroke looked like a work of art. 

When it was time to sign up for summer swim league the next year, Elena easily glided across the pool, demonstrating all four strokes...

September 25, 2017 | Michelle Fritsch, social worker

Being told your child has cancer is beyond difficult. Parents have shared they felt overwhelmed, confused and devastated in the first days and weeks after their child’s diagnosis. When a child is diagnosed with cancer, it is a crisis for the entire family. Every family member is affected, from the youngest to the oldest. A diagnosis of cancer changes the family’s dynamic and throws a wrench into everyone’s day-to-day schedule. So after a family is told the horrific news that their child has cancer, then what?  


Your child’s treatment team has many specialists who will care for the physical and emotional needs of your...

September 22, 2017 | Sophia Sereni, patient
Last September we shared a little bit about . A year later, we’re sharing Sophia’s victory over cancer!

It’s a strange sensation. For the past two-and-a-half years, I’ve been really close to my mom – which isn’t cool ‘cause I’m a sophomore in high school now. We’ve been together at the hospital, clinic visits, surgeries, emergency center visits and now I’m like, “Mom, you’ve gotta let go. I can do stuff by myself. I’m well; get over it.” It’s all brand new for us.

Since I started this journey, I’ve had faith in Jesus to see me through. I put my...

September 21, 2017 | Angelina, patient

Twenty-five months. Two lungs. One year later. What do these three things have in common? They are all part of my journey toward a new life with new lungs! After waiting 25 months for the call, I received my life-saving double lung transplant at Texas Children’s Hospital on July 13, 2016.

I was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) when I was only 18 days old. CF is a genetic disease that causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in the respiratory and digestive systems. This sticky mucus leads to recurrent lung infections. However, it was a fungus that deteriorated my lungs that ultimately led to me needing a lung...

September 19, 2017 | Stanley W. Spinner, MD

We use media every day. We use it to email coworkers, find recipes for tonight’s dinner and map directions to the nearest grocery store. And children are beginning to use it more than ever. They play videogames, watch videos and use apps. According to , the average teenager spends at least nine hours using media, while preteens average about six hours of screen time. 

With this overwhelming consumption of daily media, it is important parents understand the quality and quantity of media their child intakes....