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Patient Success Stories

Read the amazing success stories of past patients of Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

Gia’s Road to Remission

Gia was born with Vacterl syndrome when she was just 3 years old after her mother noticed blood in her urine. Soon after, Gia was diagnosed with a tumor in one of her kidneys. Originally from Jamaica, the family moved to South Florida to pursue treatment at Nicklaus Children's Hospital. Read this story.

September patient of the month: Juan Pablo

When he and his family were still living in Venezuela, Juan Pablo was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, an aggressive type of cancer. Watch Juan Pablo’s story and help us raise awareness throughout the month of September for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Read this story.

Ruby’s Journey to Cancer Free

Ruby began complaining of what she thought was a tummy ache. After two or three days with no improvement, her father made an appointment with a gastroenterologist at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, who discovered a mass in the child’s abdomen—it was cancer. Read this story.

A Cancer Cure for Kira

Kira, 13, can say “I beat cancer” in four languages: English, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish. The budding linguist and aspiring make-up artist (at least for the moment) is happy to have cancer in the rear view mirror after a 2014 bone marrow transplant that cured her of acute lymphocytic leukemia. Read this story.

MCHF5K Hero: Raquel

At just 16 years old, Raquel was diagnosed with Pre-B acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She first noticed something was wrong in the summer of 2015 when she realized she had swollen glands behind her ear. Read this story.

Sabrina's Bone Marrow Transplant Success Story

Thriving after undergoing bone marrow transplant from two donated umbilical cord units, Sabrina celebrates her 15th birthday after sucessfully recovering from the transplant to treat her Leukemia. Read this story.

Caroline's Success Story

14-year-old Caroline Pallidine found the care she needed to overcome leukemia and the strength to face the world without the once-flowing tresses she lost to chemotherapy.Caroline was hospitalized in the Oncology Unit in July 2011, when a visit from musician Armando “Pitbull” Perez, as part of the national “Get Well Soon Tour,” inspired her to shed the wig she had been wearing when out in public. Read this story.

Natalie's Success Story

Natalie Thompson of Hobie Sound, Florida, was only 2 when doctors at Nicklaus Children's diagnosed her with stage IV neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer. Little Natalie, now 4, has completed her 120-week treatment and is cancer free. She is enjoying life and making huge strides in regaining ground lost during her prolonged illness. Read this story.

Jessica's Success Story

Jessica was a patient five years ago. She moved to Nicklaus Children's Hospital from Palms West in West Palm Beach because she had a large brain tumor and hydrocephalus. Her parents weren't sure she would make it but today she is a survivor because of Nicklaus Children's Hospital. Read this story.

Andrea's Success Story

In May of 2008, Andrea was diagnosed with a brain tumor in the brain stem. She was admitted to the Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, for surgery and treatment. Read this story.

Carin's Success Story

Carin was diagnosed with medulloblastoma (a highly malignant primary brain tumor) at age eleven.  She was operated on to remove the tumor, and she also had radiation treatments. She is thirty seven years old now and lives and works in Ohio. Read this story.

Amanda's Success Story

Nine-month-old Amanda was diagnosed with stage 4b unilateral retinoblastoma. Retinoblastoma is a rare, cancerous tumor of a part of the eye called the retina. Ten years later, Mandi is a very active honor roll student, has modeled and done commercials, and is regaining minimal vision in her affected eye. Read this story.

David's Success Story

David was ten and a half years old when first diagnosed with glioblastoma, a stage 4 brain cancer, in his right temporal lobe. After going through thirty three radiation treatments and being told he had only three months to live, Dave  recovered and is cancer free. Read this story.

Christian's Success Story

Christian had autoimmune hemolytic Anemia and was treated and saved by Dr.  Enrique Escalon and the wonderful nurses in the Hematology-Oncology unit. Read this story.

Karly's Success Story

In December 2008 Karly went to the emergency room for a high fever and cough. The doctors said she had pneumonia, then a CAT scan two days later showed that she had a tumor in her chest the size of a softball that was collapsing her left lung and compressing her spine. The next morning, Karly was taken via Life Flight to Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, where a great oncology team was ready to treat her. Read this story.

Jeffery's Success Story

Little Jeffrey, now 10, was born with sickle cell disease, a genetic disorder in which bone marrow produces defective hemoglobin that can block the blood supply to parts of the body, resulting in painful episodes and potentially debilitating strokes. Jeffrey's family have nothing but wonderful things to say about the doctors and staff at Nicklaus Children's Bone Marrow Transplant Program. Read this story.

Jany's Success Story

At 15, Jany knows not to sweat the small stuff. In the months since she was diagnosed with cancer, the Westwood Christian School sophomore has gained a rare perspective on life.Today, Jany is cancer-free and pursuing her education at home while waiting for her immune system to regain strength. Read this story.

Destiny's Cancer Success Story

Destiny has worked her magic while battling a persistent form of cancer. The journey began when two large tumors – one the size of a fist – were found in Destiny’s brain when the child was just 18 months old. Within a day of the diagnosis, Destiny was in the hands of Nicklaus Children's neurosurgeon Dr. Glenn Morrison, who successfully removed the tumors. Read this story.

Daniella's Story

Daniella dreams of being a pediatric oncology nurse - not a common career ambition for a teenager. But Daniella is not your typical teen. The determined 16-year-old has faced a highly aggressive form of cancer and has been disease-free for three years. Read this story.

Bria's Success Story

Bria was taken to the Cancer Center at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, where her family learned she had an aggressive form of bone cancer, called osteosarcoma, in her left thigh. With the care and compassion Bria and her family received at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, today this energetic third grader is showing the world how to beat the odds. Read this story.

Do you have a patient success story? If so please submit your story on our success story submission page.


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