Michaela Jarvis Friday, December 16, 2022

Meet Ronan, Cancer Survivor, Surfer, Big Dreamer

It started with what seemed like a few random symptoms: a sore pitching arm, upset stomach, a fever. Rebecca Olson made an appointment for her son Ronan to see his pediatrician. A COVID-19 test was...
Megan Alpers-RaschefskyFriday, December 16, 2022

Humans of Packard Children’s

“By being able to overcome life-threatening food allergies, I learned to persevere through challenges instead of avoiding them.” —JARED CHIN, 16, CLINICAL TRIAL PARTICIPANT When Jared Chin was 4, he...
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Beth TagawaWednesday, October 26, 2022

A Lifeline for Families

Helping children with autism achieve the best possible outcomes When Mason* was 18 months old, he could only say one word: “Mama.” Even though his father, Sam, suspected something was wrong, Mason's...
Katie ChenWednesday, August 31, 2022

You Kept Carter in the Game

During 4-year-old Carter’s very first T-ball game, he ran headlong into another child while trying to catch a ball. He appeared fine, except for a large bump on his head, until the next day, when he...
Kimberly OlsonWednesday, June 22, 2022

New Heart, New Start: Ten years after her double transplant, Amanda Sechrest is living life to the fullest.

Amanda Sechrest dropped onto her bed, exhausted after a late night of studying for finals at Saint Mary’s College of California. For some reason, on this particular night in May 2012, the first-year...
Megan Alpers-RaschefskyFriday, March 4, 2022

You Gave Tiny Aaliyah a Big Boost

Aaliyah’s impossibly tiny chest rose and fell as she slept in her NICU isolette. The neonatal intensive care team, moving in perfect unison, untangled tubes and wires, flipped switches, and tapped...
Krishna Farol-SchenckThursday, December 9, 2021

Born a Fighter

Baby Nataly is home for the holidays after six months in our hospital. Pablo and Damaris Sánchez found out they were having a little girl 20 weeks into their pregnancy. But the exciting news took an...
Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Meet Victoria, Your Winter Card Artist!

Victoria from Prunedale, CA, was still in utero when she was diagnosed with spina bifida, a condition where the spine and spinal cord do not form properly. Spina bifida is often called the "snowflake...
Megan Alpers-RaschefskyThursday, August 19, 2021

You Helped Caroline Ring the Golden Bell

Six-year-old Caroline stepped up to the pole festooned with yellow, orange, and pink streamers and grabbed the rope attached to a very special golden bell. As she pulled the cord and the bell clanged...
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

30 Years of Hope and Discovery

In 1991, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford opened its doors thanks to a $70 million donation from Lucile Packard, an advocate for the health of children and expectant mothers, and her...