• 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

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    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

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    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.

  • Kali Buchanan

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    Kali Buchanan was just 3 years old when she was diagnosed with desmoid fibromatoma, a rare cancer that grew in her left jawbone.

  • Benny Barnard

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    Benny was diagnosed with leukemia and after two years of treatment finally put it into remission.Read more about Benny’s story.

  • Austin Hills

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    At the age of eight, Austin had his right eye remove. He ended up as a straight-A student at West Branch High School.Read more about Nate’s story.

  • Nikolas Ball

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    In March 2008, four-year-old Nikolas started running unexplained fevers, vomiting, and suffering leg pain so severe he had difficulty walking. By April, Nikolas was diagnosed with Stage IV neuroblastoma, a form of childhood cancer that starts in the nervous system.