• Chloe Dardis

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    At 5 months pregnant, Lori Hill learned that her baby had Turner syndrome, a chromosomal abnormality.

  • Kelby Telander

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    The Telanders believe they “have truly been blessed to be located next to one of the best hospitals in the nation for otolaryngology and cochlear implants, not to mention world renowned surgeons.”

  • Savannah Erck

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    According to her father, Dean, “Every neurosurgeon on the East Coast that I talked to said that if this was their daughter, they would want Arnold Menezes, MD to perform the surgery.”

  • 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.

  • Reid Shadle

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    At just 13 days old, Reid underwent the first of six open-heart surgeries.

  • Trae Hamilton

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    Trae Hamilton’s kidney donor also happens to be his dad. See Trae's story here.

  • Kristen Klemesrud

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    As if living with cystic fibrosis wasn’t enough, at 15, Kristin developed severe scoliosis, a curvature of the spine that would eventually impede her lung function.

  • Clarissa Kraayenbrink

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    Clarissa was born with congenital heart defects, including transposition of the “great arteries”–the aorta and pulmonary artery.

  • Cal Kunnert

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    An ATV accident required Cal to be air-lifted to UI Stead Family Children's Hospital.

  • Nathaniel and Lucas Anderson

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    Nathaniel and Lucas Anderson share a love of sports, music, and family. These brothers also have a special bond because they were born with unrelated, serious disorders and both came through with flying colors