Patient Stories

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No place like home

A rare sarcoma brought Gary Zacharias into the doctor’s office—and he found not just healing, but a special connection.

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‘Forever changed’

Battling fatigue and heart trouble, Tim DeGeest learned he had a rare genetic mutation—and he'd need a heart transplant to survive.

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‘In good hands’

A fast-acting surgery on a ruptured hemangioma pulled Victoria Beauregard back from the brink.

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A heart for art

Amid a battle with cancer, Diane Meyer returned to her artistic roots. "Once you get into the art, everything else goes away," she says.

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‘It was a wonderful year for us’

A breakthrough discovery and new chemotherapy medication give new hope to the family of an incredible 3-year-old.

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‘Life is valuable’

A teen with cancer opts for a new treatment—ovarian tissue cryopreservation—in hopes it will help her have a child someday.

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‘Stroke doesn’t discriminate by age’

A family member's ability to quickly recognize stroke symptoms led Chad Thompson, 39, to critical treatment when it mattered most.

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‘Our little fox’

Paxton Florek survived a brain tumor and now seems determined to defy what once looked like insurmountable odds.

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‘I just want you to save my boy’

After managing hemophilia since birth, MacKale McGuire faced a diagnosis of bone cancer at age 11.

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A boatload of fun

Santa makes a splash as he brings Christmas in July to little ones spending summer days in the children's hospital.

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‘Don’t limit yourself’

Plastic surgery to repair burn scars has given Blake Babic, 33, new hope for improved hand function.

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‘One true cardiac emergency’

After a 10-hour surgery to repair arterial and heart damage, a vintage tank enthusiast is back on track.