Advancing Children's Health

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Allyson Manchester was a seemingly healthy teenager, active in sports and her high school color guard, when she began experiencing chronic ear infections in late 2014. What Allyson, her parents and even her doctors didn’t realize at the time was that these were the first signs of a more serious disease. Just five months after her ear infections healed, the soreness in her legs began. Despite Allyson’s on-the-go lifestyle, doctors... View Article

Oct 18 2017

For the past two years, Emberlyn Wray has entertained our team and her fellow patients with her sassy, spunky and unforgettable personality. She’s known for singing songs and dancing in her hospital room, the hallways of our ASK Hematology and Oncology Clinic and “the fishbowl” (our aquatic-themed infusion room). She also has a knack for easily making new friends. “Emberlyn doesn’t hesitate to go up to the other kids in... View Article

Sep 28 2017

“I was a happy 17 year old girl who lost all my hair, basically my identity, and had my life pulled right from under me,” said Alexis Quance of her diagnosis with acute myeloid leukemia on December 14, 2012. After about an hour of tears and asking “why me,” her attitude shifted. In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month we asked Alexis, now 21 and in her senior year of... View Article

Sep 25 2017

On July 2, 2017, Evelin Sazo and her son Saul boarded a plane in their home country of Guatemala. Their destination was Richmond, VA to get life-changing surgery for the five-year-old boy. “Saul was born with Apert Syndrome, a condition in which the fingers and toes are fused together, as are the bones in the head,” said Jennifer Rhodes, MD, Saul’s surgeon. Saul and his mother came to the U.S.... View Article

Sep 14 2017

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

As written by River’s mother, Angie: The night before River’s birth was pretty ordinary until I awoke around 3 am. Once I realized my water had broken, I arranged for my dad to come stay with our son Finn, packed my bag and showered. We finally made it to the hospital around 5 am. My nurse mentioned I could go for a walk to help labor progress. After many laps,... View Article

Jun 6 2017

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe delivered the keynote address to graduates and their families at this year’s celebration honoring graduating high school students who have received care from our ASK Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic and VCU Massey Cancer Center. The graduates were presented with scholarships provided by ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation, the Sickle Cell Association of Richmond–OSCAR and families who have developed scholarships in honor of their loved ones who lost their... View Article

May 25 2017

On May 11 at 8:26 a.m. a 40-person team at VCU Medical Center successfully delivered sextuplets. Ajibola Taiwo, a native of Western Nigeria, was 30 weeks and two days pregnant when she gave birth to three boys and three girls by cesarean section. The babies ranged in weight from 1 pound, 10 ounces to 2 pounds, 15 ounces. All six are doing well and continue to thrive in the Children’s... View Article

May 24 2017