• Parker Kress

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    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

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    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

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    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.

  • Caitlyn Hill

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    When Caitlyn’s parents were considering moving to Iowa City in 2006 they wanted to be sure their then-3-year-old daughter would have excellent care for her sickle cell anemia, a red blood cell disorder that mostly affects African Americans in the U.S. Their hopes were realized when they met the UI Stead Family Children's Hospital’s hematology team.

  • Joseph Burken

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    Joseph was on vacation in Chicago with his family when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The 5-year-old spent 10 days at a Chicago hospital before being transferred to UI Stead Family Children's Hospital, where a care team had already been consulted and was ready to help.

  • A Special Wish for the Tooth Fairy

    Her parents soon heard a word nobody wants to hear. Cancer. What Jackie did next will make you believe in the difference one person can make in the world.

  • Michaela Inman

    Michaela Inman portrait

    After having limb salvage surgery, Michaela is now trying to raise funds for other children with cancer. Read more about Michaela’s story.

  • Finding a Better Treatment for Bone Cancer

    Megan Martin portrait

    Megan was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare cancer that usually occurs in adolescence when the bones are growing the fastest. She is a part of a study aimed at finding a more effective treatment for bone cancer. Read more Megan's story.