January 19, 2018 was the scariest day of my life. That was the day that I thought I had lost my youngest child, Avaya, to the flu. As a mother of six children, none of whom had ever gotten a flu vaccination, I thought this was something that would never happen to my family. Then, it did, and it happened quickly. Continue reading →
Today, Julissa Ulloa-Lopez is a healthy 1-year-old who likes to be heard as much as she likes to be held. “You could say she is a momma’s girl,” said her mother, Ruth Lopez Deleon, through an interpreter. “She wants to be with me all the time, and she is always touching my face to make sure I’m really there.” Continue reading →
The words hung in the small exam room like a storm cloud slowly rolling in, blacking out the sun. Vanessa sat there with her son, Alex, momentarily silent. Continue reading →
In October 2016, then 11-year-old Joseph Shapiro was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a rare form of cancer that affects the bone marrow and blood. He went through the standard chemotherapy treatment protocol at a distinguished hospital in Chicago and after 5 months of inpatient chemotherapy, his treatment was complete.
One year later, the cancer was back. Continue reading →
A distraught kindergartner clenches her fists and gets an angry look on her face. Crying, she stands up and pushes over several chairs that crash to the floor as her classmates turn to look. Then she runs out of the classroom. Continue reading →
Caroline Abbott is a high-energy, outgoing kid who loves her friends, doing gymnastics and playing volleyball. But for 10 months, her persistent stomach pain had her parents worried and — even worse — turned Caroline into a quieter, less active version of herself. Continue reading →
The day before Valentine’s Day 2014 is a day Elizabeth Dukish won’t ever forget. It was a cold, snowless Thursday in Fond du Lac. It was her birthday and she had taken off work. And it was the day her daughter’s seizures started. Continue reading →
When 18-year-old Amber Pflughoeft walks across the stage at her graduation from West Bend West High School, she’ll be defying more than a few odds. Amber has survived stage 4 osteosarcoma — bone cancer — and is graduating on time with her class despite missing hundreds of days of school over the past eight years. Continue reading →
How can something be selfless and selfish at the very same time? Sounds impossible, doesn’t it? It’s not.
In a study on charitable giving, researchers found that when people donate to a worthy cause, the pleasure center of the brain lights up. There is no more worthy cause than Children’s Hospital Continue reading →
Losing a child is the most devastating event a parent will ever face. Although everyone handles their grief differently, having a supportive community is critical. That’s why Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin created Text for Hope, a first-of-its-kind service that provides support to grieving families by offering comfort, community and reminders that they are not forgotten. Continue reading →