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Super Kooper vs. the Evil Osteosarcoma

Super Kooper vs. the Evil Osteosarcoma During the summer of 2015, five-year-old Kooper Hernandez fell and broke his leg. Moments after the orthopedic team at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas wheeled him into surgery, they discovered something that went far beyond a broken bone. Kooper had cancer in his femur that would require amputation…
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Feeling the Love!

Feeling the Love! Princess Matlock was diagnosed with sickle cell disease when she was just a tiny infant. Today at 24, she’s transitioning out of pediatric care at the Children’s Blood & Cancer Center (CBCC) to adult care. Her delightful presence will continue to be felt in the CBCC, where she volunteers regularly…
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“I wish to bring smiles and hope to children with cancer.”

“I wish to bring smiles and hope to children with cancer.” Lance White is a typical teenager. He loves sports, video games and rock ‘n roll. What is not typical about Lance is his extraordinary passion to help others. In September 2014, Lance was thirteen, healthy, bright and playing football for his middle school in Cedar Park. Shortly after the school…
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Better Together

Better Together David and Shannon Smith and their twin girls, Aidan and Bridget, were one of 1,700 families to lose their home in the 2011 Bastrop fires. The Smiths spent the next two years rebuilding their lives, but tragedy would strike again when Bridget was diagnosed with cancer. Shannon remembers noticing things…
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A Grateful Heart

A Grateful Heart Nicholas McIntosh has undergone treatment for leukemia since his diagnosis on November 7, 2011 – a day Juanita Lezama-McIntosh will never forget. “When you hear the word cancer, it’s devastating,” she says. At that time, Nicholas was a happy four-year-old boy, full of energy and with no symptoms of illness.
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Fighting Sickle Cell…and Winning!

Fighting Sickle Cell…and Winning! Princess Gant has sickle cell disease, a blood disorder that impacts her body’s ability to carry oxygen to tissues effectively.  The disease negatively affects every body system, including her heart, lungs, eyes, brain, gastrointestinal tract, immune system, and even skin. She is doing all she can to fight the effects…
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The Power of Love

The Power of Love When Alfredo and Maria DeJesus learned their then 11-year-old son, Luis, had leukemia, they prepared for a long battle. Luis would undergo chemotherapy treatment, followed by a bone marrow transplant. “Luis told me, ‘Don’t cry. Promise me you won’t cry. I want to be strong,’” says Maria. “It was hard…
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My Daughter, The Fighter!

My Daughter, The Fighter! By Nipa Desai “On May 14, 2013, my ten-year-old daughter, Saloni, was diagnosed with brain cancer. Nobody wants to say the word cancer.  In my family and my husband’s family, nobody has had cancer. It was very difficult to accept. We live a very healthy lifestyle. I wondered where this…
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Living With Sickle Cell Disease

Living With Sickle Cell Disease Natasha Hall says her ten-year-old son, Zhane, is one amazing little person. Zhane was born with sickle cell disease, a blood disorder that negatively impacts his body’s ability to move oxygen to tissues throughout his body.  The disease can result in excruciating pain, serious infections, chronic anemia, damage to body…
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Living Life to the Fullest

Living Life to the Fullest Clayton Luckadoo was only eleven years old when doctors discovered a cancerous plexiform fibrohistiocytic tumor on his arm in 2009.  Within weeks, he underwent surgery to remove the tumor at Dell Children’s Medical Center. Fortunately the tumor was very small, so Clayton did not require any further radiation or chemotherapy.
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