Ali KoideThursday, July 20, 2017

Three cheers for Team G!

Recently, Team G Childhood Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit organization formed by patient families affected by childhood cancer, came by our hospital to deliver not one, not two, but THREE giant...
Ali KoideThursday, June 8, 2017

Did you see Packard Children's in the latest Reebok video starring athlete Jason Khalipa?

Most of Jason Khalipa’s fans know him as the competitive CrossFit athlete, the 2008 CrossFit “Fittest on Earth” title winner, and the entrepreneur who founded NC Fit and has built a global brand...
Giselle Contreras, age 5, and her mom, Gabriella Medrano-ContrerasTuesday, May 23, 2017

Even Wondergirl Needs Heroes

GABRIELLA: The day before Giselle’s 3rd birthday, we came to Packard Children’s. She had been sick for two weeks, and we wanted more extensive testing done. On the way home, I received a phone call...
Megan AlpersWednesday, January 25, 2017

You Gave This Young Family a Healthy Start

Chrystian’s head was spinning. This—was it! Right on his birthday, before they even got to sing “Happy Birthday” or serve up his favorite Oreo cake, Chrystian’s fiancée, Cassandra, announced, “My...
Jasan ZimmermanTuesday, November 22, 2016

Parents get a behind-the-scenes look at their daughter’s donated brain tumor cells

Katherine King, known to her more than 30,000 Facebook followers as Katherine the Brave, was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) on June 2, 2015. DIPG is a tumor of the brain stem...
Megan AlpersTuesday, August 30, 2016

You Helped Isabel Find Her Voice

“Go Robert!” shouted 12-year-old Isabel Miranda as her older brother sprinted across the finish line. That morning at Summer Scamper , Robert outran 2,019 other racers to take third place in the 5k...
Friday, May 27, 2016

A Second Chance to Say Thank You

Your support provided care for two generations of a local family. Baby Shannon Ivarson needed a hero when she entered the world at Stanford Hospital. Born in 1981 at just 29 weeks gestation, she...
Guest blogger: Elizabeth DunlevieFriday, May 27, 2016

One of My Proudest Moments

Packard Children’s was initially just a place where our family’s healthy babies were born. That all changed for us 15 years ago when one of our children was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness...
Guest blogger: Pam Cambra-SamsWednesday, May 25, 2016

The Miracle of Life

I never thought this day would come. I got to dance with my son at his wedding. My son, Brian, entered Packard Children’s at 16 months old in 1992. He had been a perfect baby who suddenly became ill...
Guest blogger: Criss MadrigalTuesday, April 26, 2016

A Story of Survival

It all started on April 5, 2011 when we went to see a pediatric cardiologist in Sacramento to get a second opinion. Twenty-three weeks pregnant with our identical twin daughters, Alexia and Celeste,...