Why my family is honored to advocate for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Margolis presents Antonio with an Aaron Rogers jersey.

Dr. Margolis presents Antonio with an Aaron Rogers jersey

Our family will proudly represent Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin during Family Advocacy Day, June 19-20 in Washington, D.C. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is the reason our family of six is still together, and we are honored to be able to share our experiences with legislators on behalf of the hospital.

Family Advocacy Day brings nearly 30 families from the nation’s top children’s hospitals to Washington each summer. While there, families educate members of Congress and the media about the quality health care that all children and families need. We also address critical medical and health care concerns for children, …Continue reading →

Why I love our nurses at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Cookie and Laura

Cookie and her nurse, Laura McNally, BSN, RN

We have been touched by the kindness of so many nurses here at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin since my daughter, Cookie, was diagnosed with lymphoma in August 2012. She had six rounds of chemo followed by a bone marrow transplant. We could not have gotten through it without the love and great care of nurses like Laura McNally, her nurse in our MACC Fund Center.

Laura made a personal connection with Cookie from her very first …Continue reading →

How I’m working to make bone marrow transplants safer for kids

No child deserves cancer, but every child deserves a chance to beat it. For kids who have aggressive cancers, or cancer that has returned after standard treatments, a bone marrow transplant may be the only option to save their lives.

That’s where I come in. I’m a pediatric oncologist, and I’ve been researching ways to make bone marrow transplants safer. A bone marrow transplant can be a very difficult treatment. In some cases, the donor’s bone marrow cells end up attacking the child’s …Continue reading →

Finding a match: Why bone marrow donors are so important

Jake and his mom.

Jake and his mom

Are you a donor? I am. I regularly donate blood, and I’m proud to show off the orange sticker on my driver’s license that says I’m willing to be an organ donor. But there’s another way you can donate life to someone in need. You also can be a bone marrow donor.

Bone marrow transplants aren’t just for cancer, they’re for a whole group of people with non-cancerous diseases. I recently had the pleasure of meeting a little guy from San Francisco who personally knows how important bone marrow donors really are. Jake is 5 years old, and he’s been diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a blood disorder where the body’s bone marrow doesn’t make enough new blood cells. To put it simply, this can …Continue reading →

Kickin’ it around the clock to save lives!

Great American Soccer Marrowthon

Mark your calendar for Saturday, Feb. 13, and Sunday, Feb. 14, and join us for the Great American Soccer Marrowthon!

As someone who sees children – from infants to young adults – with cancer and other blood disorders such as aplastic anemia and sickle cell anemia every day, I know just how important marrow donation is. Thousands of patients with leukemia and other life-threatening disease can be saved through transplants.

To help raise awareness, The Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club will be hosting the second …Continue reading →