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When Lyndsey Golding was four years old, she developed an insatiable thirst that seemingly came out of nowhere. She also had two bedwetting episodes that were totally out of character for her. A family friend who’s a nurse recognized the signs and recommended Lyndsey immediately be tested for diabetes. “We found the CHoR team at diagnosis,” says Lyndsey’s mom, Dina. “They’ve been wonderful and we’ve never looked back.” CHoR has... View Article

Apr 6 2017

With the support of a specialized medical team and dedicated family, 7-year-old Ki’Mani Yancey is able to live up to his name just about every day. Ki’Mani’s name means “adventurous one,” and despite facing some serious medical challenges, Ki’Mani is able to actively experience life: “He loves to explore, dig in the dirt, look in branches and do anything active like that outside,” his mom, Maricia, says. “He’s a very... View Article

Mar 15 2017

“A very loving 4-year-old ninja” is how Rochelle Welton describes her son Tyran, our January 2017 Calendar Kid.Tyran likes to pretend he’s a superhero, especially a Ninja Turtle, and he has big plans for becoming a superhero when he grows up. When he’s not outside running around and practicing his superhero skills, he enjoys spending time with his 11-year-old big brother, Tyree, playing on his tablet, wrestling and watching movies.Tyran’s... View Article

Jan 30 2017

Sydney Williams loves to laugh and is known for making friends wherever she goes. Her positive spirit and great personality are among the many reasons certified physician assistant Jennifer Newlin nominated her for our 2016 calendar. Sydney has the most common and severe form of sickle cell disease. She’s been coming to the ASK Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic at CHoR since she was diagnosed with this inherited condition just... View Article

Nov 2 2016

October Calendar Kid Elijah Willis, 8, was nominated for the calendar by his dentist, Dr. Elizabeth Bortell. He’s been seeing Dr. Bortell for dental care since he was referred to CHoR’s dental program for fillings when he was 2. Elijah loves to sing and gives the dental team a show each time he comes for a visit. His larger-than-life entertaining personality is one of the reasons he was nominated for... View Article

Oct 18 2016

Ariel Benjamin, our September 2016 “Calendar Kid,” enjoys Legos, video games and bike riding and hopes to be a computer programmer someday.Ariel is one of many children in Central Virginia who come to CHoR for gastroenterology and nutrition services. Ariel has Crohn’s disease, a chronic condition that attacks the digestive system and causes painful stomach issues. Approximately 700,000 people in the United States are affected by Crohn’s and in need... View Article

Sep 26 2016

Despite what she faces on a daily basis, Eleanor Brooks finds time for childhood fun. She likes to read, do embroidery, make jewelry, draw and paint. She also loves music and dancing, and when she’s physically able to, she takes piano and ice skating lessons. At home, you’ll likely find her doing yoga, baking or playing with her little brother Mark and little sister Marianna.“She’s a silly, normal 8-year-old girl,”... View Article

Aug 31 2016

Nearly four years after her kidney transplant, 10-year-old Jada Jackson continues to share a special bond with her pediatric nephrology team at CHoR. She describes her kidney transplant and years of continued transplant care with Dr. Bunchman, Dr. Lo, nurse Jules and other team members as a special experience.Jada was born with a kidney condition (multicystic dysplastic kidney) that can worsen over time to where there is little to no... View Article

Jul 29 2016

“Even when he’s not feeling his best, Liam still manages to smile or say something to make those around him smile,” says Tamara Neiderer, the CHoR team member who nominated Liam for our 2016 TidBits Calendar.Tamara is a certified occupational therapy assistant and part of the Feeding Program team that helped Liam develop the skills he needed to eat by mouth. Liam was a micro preemie and, because of many... View Article

Jun 24 2016

This month, CHoR joins organizations nationwide to raise awareness and build understanding of mental health as part of Mental Health Awareness Month, held annually in May, and National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day which is May 5, 2016. Did you know… one in five children experiences mental illness, but only 25 percent of those children actually receive the treatment they need. When problems emerge that cannot be handled within your support... View Article

May 5 2016