• Hayden Wheatley

    Hayden Wheatley

    When Hayden was 19 months old, her parents noticed she was having balance issues. A CT scan at a local hospital showed she had fluid on her brain. She and her family were transferred to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, where doctors discovered a mass on Hayden’s brain stem. The mass was removed during an eight-hour surgery, but Hayden still wasn’t out of the woods.

  • End-of-chemo party

    Katie's chemo party

    At University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, when a child completes chemotherapy, we celebrate with a special party!

  • Finding his way

    Leighton and Jarron Weber photo

    Having a multidisciplinary pediatric cancer team in place made a difficult situation a bit easier for the Weber family.

  • Parent Blog: Kristin Rambousek

    Kendal Rambousek photo

    There is no place I would trust with Kendal more than UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Every single doctor and nurse listensand they allowed me to be a part of her treatment plan.

  • Kinzie Hemann

    Kenzie Hemann portrait

    Days after her first birthday, Kinzie was diagnosed with von Willebrand disease Type 3, a genetic blood disorder caused by a missing protein, which leaves her blood unable to clot. Type 3 is the most serious of the von Willebrand disease diagnoses, as symptoms include severe and spontaneous bleeding episodes.

  • Parker Kress

    Parker Kress portrait

    In December 2014, then-13-year-old Parker Kress was experiencing pain in his right ankle and swelling in his calf. He was taken to a local emergency room, where an ultrasound found a mass on his ankle.

  • Collaboration among specialists—and convenience for families—guides the Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinic approach

    Brady Jorgensen portrait

    Brady Jorgensen has lived with a brain tumor for most of his life. Our new Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinic, the first of its kind in Iowa, is giving Brady and his family new hope.

  • Parent Blog: Erica Schmidt

    Kale Schmidt Portrait

    Kale was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Burkitt’s lymphoma. Erica Schmidt shares her son's story in her own words.

  • Beau Atkinson

    Beau Atkinson portrait

    Beau’s parents noticed unusual bruising on Beau’s body when he was just 6 months old and were concerned that something was wrong. Their fears were confirmed during a routine well-baby check – there was an abnormality with Beau’s blood.

  • Colton Barker

    Colton Barker portrait

    When Colton was just 2 years old, a doctor in his hometown found a tumor and immediately referred the toddler and his parents to University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. Doctors at UI Stead Family Children's Hospital diagnosed him with retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the retina that mostly affects young children.

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