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Now that he’s been cancer-free for 18 months, Gwendolyn Carnes says her son Mark, 15, is able to tell the start of his story in a somewhat lighthearted way: “I went to Chipotle Sunday afternoon (his favorite), then to the hospital. And we didn’t come home for two weeks.” The summer before his eighth grade school year, Mark began experiencing stomach pain. He’d been an avid baseball player for years,... View Article

Jul 31 2017

We’re honored to be ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals for kidney care by U.S.News & World Report. Not for the shiny badge, but for Evan, and the countless kids like him who inspire us to keep climbing higher. Learn more about Evan and why he’s shouting from the rooftops! Evan’s journey Doctors suspected something was going on with Evan’s kidneys before he was even born. An early ultrasound showed... View Article

Jul 10 2017

Eight-year-old Philip Hopkins likes to joke that he’s “FDA approved” now that he’s in the second phase of a research trial for a recently approved cystic fibrosis treatment drug. Philip was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was just six weeks old, and he’s had the strong support of his dedicated family and a specialized team from our Cystic Fibrosis Center there for him every step of the way: “We love his... View Article

Jun 12 2017

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

Marquise Brown’s relationship with Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU is truly a family affair. Among other long-time connections, our February 2017 Calendar Kid sees the very same CHoR pediatrician that his mom Kiara saw throughout her own childhood. Pediatrician Dr. Linda Meloy has provided care to members of the Brown family for nearly 20 years. “She’s always been awesome,” Kiara’s mom, Raquel, says. “Dr. Meloy is so nice and... View Article

Feb 8 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