Reese, age 4

After experiencing vague symptoms that suggested a virus, Reese was diagnosed with a rare form of pediatric kidney cancer. Pediatric surgeon Dr. Danny Little removed the tumor. Her family began to have hope, after 18 weeks of chemotherapy, and support from a team of experts that included child life specialist Jenny Damron. She used play therapy to help Reese and her sister, Brooke, understand what Reese was going through. Jenny even visited Reese’s classroom to talk to her friends and fellow students.

“We had a thousand questions, but Scott & White gave us a road map to help us plan our lives the best we could,” says Mr. Nicholson.

An indomitable spirit, Reese has a great prognosis and is now mastering the art of riding a tricycle.

Pediatric hematology/oncology experts at Scott & White Healthcare treat about 1,200 children each year who have cancer and blood-related disorders. Scott & White is a member of the Children’s Oncology Group, an international consortium of more than 500 healthcare organizations dedicated to advancing pediatric cancer care.

Tanner, age 20

Tanner knows the halls of Scott & White better than any kid should. He was born there, played street hockey up and down its halls and slept there on his prom night.

Tanner has cystic fibrosis. Over the years, he and his family have been able to manage the disease quite well with help from his caregivers. Some special ones are nurses Debbie Orlandi and Barbara Baugh, who have known Tanner from the beginning. They along with pediatric pulmonology experts, want Tanner to be able to focus on all the things he loves, especially golf.

“The nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists and other staff have known me my whole life. They’re like family,” he says.

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that clogs the lungs with thick mucus. Breathing treatments help patients, and medications are used to fight chronic lung infections. The life expectancy for people with cystic fibrosis is about age mid-30s and beyond. The Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Clinic team at Scott & White is engaged in clinical research trials to help fight this devastating disease.

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