• 15 Pictures that Capture the Spirit of #CapeDayATL

    They ride wagons in hospital hallways, not driveways. They cheer for each other, not sports teams. They fight infections, not siblings. For our 100th anniversary, we asked Atlanta to join us in celebrating some of our city’s bravest heroes—the patients who have shown us their heroic strength since 1915. From our hospital clinics to the steps of the Georgia Capitol, thousands ...

  • What Sickle Cell Disease Is Like Through the Eyes of a Child

    Emmy on her way to a blood transfusion.

    Emmy was born Jan. 4, 2010, with sickle cell disease. We met Emmy for the first time Jan. 27 when we officially adopted our precious daughter. We knew when we decided to adopt Emmy she had tested positive on the newborn screening for sickle cell disease, along with several other genetic markers. ...

  • Oh the Places They’ll Go: Kids with Cancer Describe their Happy Places


    Puppies, unicorns with soft horns, walrus wizards—these are a few of the magical creatures that exist in the “happy places” of kids battling cancer. They are places full of promise, hope and joy. Not the wheelchairs, IVs and medications that exist in their daily lives. Everyone has a figurative happy place for when ...

  • Asthma and Back to School: A Dangerous Combination

    We have a problem in Georgia: Children are dying of asthma, but where is the outcry? Why don’t we hear PSAs that warn parents, children, teachers and coaches that fall is one of the most dangerous times for children with asthma? From coast to coast, September is the No. 1 month for ...

  • Laura’s Scrapbook: Mother Recalls Daughter’s Journey as Pediatric Heart Transplant Pioneer

    My daughter Laura’s scrapbook begins with a page prepared by her heart transplant coordinator on July 16, 1988. Laura, at the age of 3, became the first pediatric heart transplant recipient at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and also the first pediatric heart transplant performed in Georgia. It was a big deal for ...

  • Anniversary in the PICU

    During morning rounds, staff at our Scottish Rite hospital learned that June 11, 2015, marked two milestones for the Rogers family: Turner, a muscular dystrophy patient, had been in the hospital for 21 days and his parents, Carey and Tammy, were celebrating their 21st wedding anniversary. The devoted parents had cancelled dinner ...