Back in the Race: How Seattle Children’s Helped Aisley Overcome Her Brain Tumor

In August 2020, just after her third birthday, Aisley began to experience concerning symptoms: headaches in the back of her head, a lack of appetite and vomiting.​ After a visit to her pediatrician, Aisley was sent to Seattle Children’s for an urgent neurology visit, where she passed the exam with “flying colors,” showing no signs of trouble. Still, Dr. […]

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Pacific Northwest Ballet Dancers Pay Special Visit to Seattle Children’s Patients

The halls of Seattle Children’s are decked with holiday cheer after patients and families were surprised by a special visit from a group of Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers hoping to spread happiness throughout the hospital. The dancers spent time with patients, handed out holiday-themed gifts and read The Nutcracker aloud. The ballerinas also decorated ballet […]

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Knox’s Heartfelt Care at Seattle Children’s Leaves Lasting Impact on Wenatchee Family

During a regular 12-week prenatal visit, Mollee Lewallen’s obstetrics appointment went from routine to worrying in a matter of seconds. “We found out that our son, Knox, had an extremely high heart rate,” she explained. “After that appointment, we went to a follow up where his high heart rates continued, so we were recommended to […]

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“Everything Finally Got Easier”: How One Family Found Hope Through Seattle Children’s Uncompensated Care Fund

Stage was born three weeks premature and soon began having seizures. He was diagnosed with mitochondrial myopathy, a life-threatening diagnosis with no cure and which causes significant muscular and neurological problems. For Stage and his family, it meant unexpected, lifelong care. “I was naïve enough to think that insurance covered everything if your kid was […]

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From Crisis to Happy Chaos: How Teamwork Made All the Difference

In 2019, Samantha and Kyle Hatch received wonderful news: Samantha was pregnant with identical twins. The couple already had two kids, Ben and Penny, and envisioned all of the roughhousing, road trips and happy mayhem that comes with four children. But everything changed when a routine ultrasound showed that one of the twins, William, had […]

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Meet the 2023 Family Choice Award Winners Making a Difference in Patient’s Lives

Seattle Children’s providers, nurses and other team members chose their professions because they care deeply about helping kids live the healthiest and most fulfilling lives possible. For them, it isn’t about winning awards — it’s about the positive impact they can have on patients’ lives. But by performing their jobs in an exemplary fashion, they […]

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From Feeling Helpless to Helping Others: Kinsey Dreams Big

Before she was diagnosed with high-risk acute lymphoblastic lymphoma (ALL), Kinsey was an active 15-year-old who enjoyed competitive horseback riding, spending time with her family and friends, and dreaming about what her future might look like. Less than two months into her cancer treatment at Seattle Children’s, however, Kinsey became a shell of herself. While […]

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“At 17, My World Completely Changed”: Two-Time Cancer Survivor Shares Her Path to Wellness

As a second-year grad student working toward a doctorate degree in the field of health sciences, Emma is as busy as ever. But for this 23-year-old, originally of Snohomish, WA, facing extraordinary challenges with determination and resilience is a skill she mastered early on. In 2017, after experiencing extreme bouts of itchiness from head to […]

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Brothers Born with Identical Craniofacial Condition Three Years Apart Thriving After Major Skull Surgeries at Seattle Children’s: ‘I Felt We Were in the Best Hands’

Each year, Seattle Children’s Craniofacial Center treats hundreds of children with craniosynostosis, a condition most families have never heard of, yet can affect approximately 1 in every 2,500 babies in the United States. That was the case for Kali Dempsey’s family, of Camano Island, WA, in early 2017. “We were sent to Seattle Children’s when […]

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