Maybin Tears It Up!

For 4-year-old Maybin, it all started with a small limp about a year and a half ago. The doctor thought she just needed some ibuprofen for swollen knees. But over the next few days, she declined rapidly, so the doctor did blood work. What followed was a word no one wanted to hear: leukemia. Since then, Maybin’s…

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Braden’s Battle

Six-year-old Braden has been in the cancer game so long that he actually met Summer Dale. Of course, he doesn’t remember; he was only two years old. They met in the cancer clinic one day and exchanged wristbands with their names on them. Summer wore Braden’s for a very long time. That was four years ago,…

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Liz’s Chance for College

Liz had just finished high school and was taking a year off before she started college. But her plans were derailed when she was unexpectedly diagnosed with leukemia. After that, going to college was off the table…and so was being a carefree teenager. Her life became all about enduring chemotherapy, getting a stem cell transplant,…

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Audrey Meets Blue Men!

Up until she was five years old, Audrey’s life was pretty normal. Then, after an exhilarating night of trick-or-treating, she started complaining of leg and stomach pains. At first, her parents figured it was too much candy and running around. But within ten days, doctors had a diagnosis that shocked everyone: neuroblastoma, a cancer of…

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Brantley’s Giant Marshmallow Man! (Okay, not really.)

A year ago last March, five-year-old Brantley woke up acting strangely. He was dropping things — like a whole bag of cereal on the floor. Then he began to have trouble walking and swallowing and he could not move his left arm. Fearing meningitis, his mom raced him to the emergency room. A CT scan…

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Addy Swings!!

The group of Team Summer volunteers arrived early in the morning and worked tirelessly until late in the afternoon. They had a big job to do – build a swing set for a little girl. And if ever a little girl needed a place to play, it was 6-year-old Addy. Last August, her family noticed that her…

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Entertaining Bristol!

So far, three-year-old Bristol’s childhood has been anything but normal. And it’s not going to get normal any time soon. But given his rambunctious style, it’s hard to tell if he’s noticed! Last year, he started complaining that his arms and legs hurt, and he had unexplained fevers. Troubling, yes, but his parents never expected what…

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The Bond of Brothers

When 12-year-old Travis developed a rash all over his back and stomach last March, his family was worried. When Travis was just two years old, he lost his mother to a rare, genetic blood cancer, and this rash looked familiar. Blood tests and a biopsy showed the worst: Travis had the same rare form of…

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Kailyn Gets a Big Surprise!

In March of last year, Kailyn watched a music video of Cindy Lauper and Sara Bareilles singing “Truly Brave.” The video was produced as a fundraiser for kids with cancer. After it ended, Kailyn turned to her dad and said, “If I ever get cancer, I’m going to be brave.” By July, she proved herself right….

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Makala Can FaceTime!

Eight-year-old Makala has a lot of experience at something no one should have to go through. She was only four years old when she was first diagnosed with leukemia, which means that she has been battling the disease half her life. She has logged more hospital hours than anyone could count. No child should know how…

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