Inspiration and Support

  • Before and After: Photo Series Shows Kids Thriving Thanks to Heart, Kidney and Liver Transplants

    heart transplant patient before and after on bench

    Through this photo series, we set out to show the profound impact organ transplants have on their recipients. Before becoming the energetic, athletic and funny kids they are today, the children in these photos received hearts, livers and kidneys from living and deceased donors, with two of them undergoing transplantation well before their first birthdays. The framed photos show each recipient in the days and weeks leading up to their surgery date.

    For these kids, a second chance paved the way to move beyond a life filled with beeping monitors and hospital gowns to get back to the soccer fields and classrooms where they belong.

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  • Before and After: Photo Series Shows Kids Thriving Thanks to Heart, Kidney and Liver Transplants

    heart transplant patient before and after on bench

    Through this photo series, we set out to show the profound impact organ transplants have on their recipients. Before becoming the energetic, athletic and funny kids they are today, the children in these photos received hearts, livers and kidneys from living and deceased donors, with two of them undergoing transplantation well before their first birthdays. The framed photos show each recipient in the days and weeks leading up to their surgery date.

    For these kids, a second chance paved the way to move beyond a life filled with beeping monitors and hospital gowns to get back to the soccer fields and classrooms where they belong.

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  • From Sickle Cell to the Stage

    Vanessa Gissel came into this world with sickle cell disease and a love for dance. At age 7, Vanessa suffered a near-fatal battle with acute chest syndrome, a common side effect of sickle cell disease. Though it meant time away from school and

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  • From Sickle Cell to the Stage

    Vanessa Gissel came into this world with sickle cell disease and a love for dance. At age 7, Vanessa suffered a near-fatal battle with acute chest syndrome, a common side effect of sickle cell disease. Though it meant time away from school and

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  • 8 Gift Ideas for Kids in the Hospital

    After more than 30 years of working with hospitalized kids, I often field questions from family members, friends and sometimes friends-of-friends who are looking for recommendations for gifts for kids in the hospital. Being hooked up to lots of wires

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  • 8 Gift Ideas for Kids in the Hospital

    After more than 30 years of working with hospitalized kids, I often field questions from family members, friends and sometimes friends-of-friends who are looking for recommendations for gifts for kids in the hospital. Being hooked up to lots of wires

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  • At the Bedside

    At the bedside, lives are changed. Not just the lives of patients and their families, but the lives of us caregivers, too. As a pediatric nurse, my heart breaks for parents who are going through gut-wrenching, unimaginably difficult journeys with

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  • At the Bedside

    At the bedside, lives are changed. Not just the lives of patients and their families, but the lives of us caregivers, too. As a pediatric nurse, my heart breaks for parents who are going through gut-wrenching, unimaginably difficult journeys with

    Read more...
  • From Player to Patient: Football Star Advances Type 1 Diabetes Research

    In my nearly 20 years of working at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, I have taken care of countless patients and worked on hundreds of research studies. Every patient I’ve worked with and project I’ve worked on has been special. But

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  • From Player to Patient: Football Star Advances Type 1 Diabetes Research

    In my nearly 20 years of working at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, I have taken care of countless patients and worked on hundreds of research studies. Every patient I’ve worked with and project I’ve worked on has been special. But

    Read more...
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