Meet Our Patients
For many people, the month of September represents a return to classes and to schoolwork. September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness month. So for survivors like Brooke Cantwell, it means so much more.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If that's the case, one of Adiba Islam's most recent masterpieces tells a story about strength, courage and beauty.
Anthony Bechelli’s heroes are musicians like Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. He’s a musician who appreciates the classics.
When Brandon Dennis was diagnosed with a brain tumor at five-years-old, the last thing on his parents’ minds was his hearing. After brain surgery, two years of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation, the cancer went away. But slowly, in the years that followed, Brandon’s hearing also began to go away.
In 2014, Charlie North became the first pediatric patient to receive proton therapy on the medical center campus. Proton beam therapy is a highly accurate form of radiation therapy used to treat tumors near vital organs with greater precision, minimizing exposure to other organs and healthy tissue.
Imagine yourself trying to maintain a straight-A average in school, practice competitive tap, jazz, and modern dance for twenty hours a week, juggle time with friends and family at the same time your body is being compromised by an undetected tumor. Thirteen-year-old Clare Blase did all of that and more for several months as she was battling the side effects of Cushing’s Syndrome and Adrenocortical Carcinoma—cancer of the adrenal glands.
Courtney Phinney will spend the rest of her life making good on a promise – a promise she credits for making the rest of her life possible.
Gabby Carter, 7, underwent a cord blood transplant at St. Louis Children's Hospital in 2012. One year later, she shows no signs of sickle cell disease.
When Andy Streiff was 17 years old he was a typical high school junior who was busy all the time. So when he started to feel faint and under the weather during basketball practices for Saint Louis Priory School, he thought he might have the flu or maybe something else. But then he started fainting, and his coach became concerned and called his parents.
Nine-year-old Kaitlyn Holste is a competitive gymnast. And like most dedicated athletes, she didn’t let a minor cough and some mild fatigue get in the way of her training. But last October, when she complained about difficulty breathing, her mom took her to the hospital near their home in Effingham, Illinois.
Jackson got to ring the bell of the hospital’s hematology/oncology unit to signal the end of his cancer treatment.
Four-year-old Krystabelle Wiles is so happy and outgoing—she always seems to “spread a little sunshine” wherever she goes. Since the day she arrived as the very first baby of the New Year at Farmington’s Parkland Health Center, she has won people over with her sunny, go-with-the-flow personality. These traits are serving her well as she battles embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of muscle cancer.
If you ask Leah Biskup, she'll tell you she's an ordinary teenager -- studying for mid-term exams at St. Louis University, hanging out with friends and carrying out the daily social rituals of a 19-year-old from University City.
Daniel Tavernaro just turned four. And his birthday party was a smash! Dozens of friends celebrated at the Chuck E. Cheese’s in Daniel’s hometown of Weir, Kansas.
Seven-year-old Justin Kramer loves to play baseball; he’s also king on the kickball court; and a collector of coveted Yu-Gi-Oh cards (the latest craze in the Pokemon phenomenon). Thanks to a stem cell transplant, he’s a happy, healthy child.
Mary Swenson knew it wasn’t good news when her pediatrician’s office called her at 6:30 in the evening with the results of her eight-year-old son Brandon’s blood tests. “They told me to get a pen and paper to take some notes. My doctor said that something wasn’t quite right with his blood work and that they had already scheduled an appointment at St. Louis Children’s Hospital for 10:30 the next morning.” Within 24 hours, Brandon was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia.
There’s nothing Braydon Nugent likes more than spending time at his great-grandparents’ farm. That’s why his mom Emily was so concerned when she noticed how listless her normally energetic almost-four-year old was during a weekend at the farm in August of 2010.
No matter how old you are, it is difficult to live with a chronic illness—especially one as unpredictable as sickle cell disease. Thirteen-year-old Alexis Gordon understands—she was diagnosed with Sickle Beta Thalassemia when she was two months old.
She loves art, dancing and playing with her twin brothers. And although she had lost her hair, she entered and won a local pageant, being named Little Miss Adams County Fair, because she wanted to help raise awareness about childhood cancer.
To witness a miracle is one of life's rarest and most extraordinary blessings. Stevie Sipes has witnessed two. Stevie's journey began in 2003, when she noticed a painful bump on her head.
9-year-old Madeline overcomes brain tumors to dance competitively and hold lemonade stands benefiting research
He survived cancer not once, but three times. This twelve-year-old discusses his battles with rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer of the soft tissue and muscle, as well as cancer of the thyroid. Today, you can catch up with the A student on the basketball court, the baseball field or in the kitchen cooking dinner!