Diabetes is scary. Especially if you're 9. Unless, of course, it's a ticket to summer camp.
Alex loves being your typical ten-year-old boy. But his life wasn't always this way. In fact, most of it wasn't.
Amber was last featured in a fall 2007 Arizona Republic front-page story on her struggle with cancer and a devastating infection that followed.
Sinus infections were common for 12-year old Ashley. But while on vacation the summer of 2006, a mere sinus infection took a turn for the worse.
When Bailey Richardson's family was invited to take part in Phoenix Children's Hospital's Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day, the girl's mom resisted at first.
Bela’s life was highly monitored even before she was born. Eighteen weeks into her mom's pregnancy, a routine ultrasound caused concern.
Putting fear and uncertainty aside, Ben focused on this small diversion to overcome the anxious energy as he prepared to pass through a large CT scanner.
Brady was born six weeks early and spent time in the NICU before he was able to go home.
There was no mistaking the crash. It came from the basement, followed by the frantic screams of 3-year-old Brandon Gray.
When Brendan was born, doctors discovered a previously undiagnosed heart problem that would kill him if it was not repaired.
Brian Bogert had told the story so many times, he was almost nonchalant about the whole thing.
Brittany Fasnacht's best friend was hit by a car while riding her bike recently. She wasn't wearing a safety helmet.
Brooklyn was diagnosed with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia before being born and required surgery the day he was born. Now he is an active 8-year-old who loves playing sports.
At age 15, Carolyn had a simple blood draw that led to a surprising and painful discovery; she had half the amount of blood circulating in her body than the average person.
Cassie's parents were afraid they'd never see their daughter dance - or skip, or jump rope, or do all the other things little girls do while they're growing up.
An EEG at 6-weeks showed that Chevelle was having constant seizures. But it wasn’t until after the MRI that the Onyett's realized the gravity of their granddaughter’s condition.
At 5 weeks old, it appeared the Driggs family had a perfectly normal newborn. That is until one day Claire started having seizures.
Nobody at Centennial Middle School had ever had cancer.
Colten’s birth changed his mom’s perspective on life and created a tireless advocate for children with Down’s Syndrome.
Dillon C's Story
Chris Card knows what it is to live without hope.
Dillon S's Story
Marie Smith was careful. Whenever she and her 6-year-old son ventured out together in her Ford Explorer, she listened for the reassuring click of his seat belt before backing out of the driveway.
When Douglas Seifman was about six months old, he stopped growing.
Leaving a movie, the Speight family gets an instant replay.
When Ellie was 10, she started having headaches. At first, no one thought much of it, but then they got worse.
Five days after the birth, Elias was scheduled for a well-health check up with his pediatrician. As soon as we arrived, immediately we knew there was a problem. Little did I know my son would need surgery for a rare disorder.
From an ambulance down from Prescott Valley to Phoenix Children's, her grandmother took her 2 hours out of the way to the pediatric specialists that could help her get her blood sugar levels balanced again.
Two years had passed, but Ethan didn't appear to be nervous about returning to the familiar grounds of Roadrunner Elementary School. His mother, though, was worried about what other kids might say.
Nearly 800 miles from the hospital where her daughter was fighting for her life, Carolyn was trying hard to stay calm.
Harmony Brown was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) a week before her first birthday.
While on vacation, Brenda received terrible news. Her dad was killed in an accident and her daughter was in an ICU hundreds of miles from home.
The woman at Lori Wagner's door introduced herself as a case worker for Child Protective Services and demanded to see Lori's son, Ian, who was 2 at the time.
Michael Feldman remembers the warning he heard as a boy whenever he tried to wrestle with his cousin or involve her in active games.
Jesus Pereya was a healthy baby and toddler, so when he came down with what seemed like a respiratory illness, his family never imagined their little boy would be undergoing a heart transplant just six months later.
Joshua was always the sick one.
Jordan and Joshua's Story
You would never know it from their animated personalities but these twins were both diagnosed as babies with sickle cell disease.
From 100 seizures a day to zero.
Katie is eight years old. She seems quiet at first, but it doesn't take long for her to open up.
Katy & Mickey's Story
Something was terribly wrong with 4-year-old Katy. Fever and nausea aside, this was more than a simple case of the flu.
When she was 6, the unthinkable happened to Kaylea.
Before Keston was born, doctors found a blockage in his urethra.
An escape to the cool climate of Arizona's White Mountains seemed like a perfect Fourth-of-July activity.
Maddie is a normal kid these days, but she got off to a rough start after being born 7 weeks premature.
Mary is your classic teenage girl – always on the go. But there was a time when Mary’s life wasn’t this carefree.
Just before Makenzie turned seven years old, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Megan Foe named one of her dolls after her doctor at Phoenix Children's Hospital - then proceeded to deliver a vengeful poke to the doll's arm with a make-believe needle.
Maya needed surgery before kindergarten for the best chance to walk and dance.
Life as Natalee knew it came to a halt when a CT scan revealed two advanced, malignant brain tumors.
It was a typical Monday afternoon for Donna Lee and her then 19 month old daughter Nicolette.
When she was only 2 months old, little Paelyn began having problems breathing.
Marc Lindberg admits that he enjoys being a quadruplet.
It was a bright October day when 13-year-old Richard Sanders hurried across the parking lot to the waiting car.
Riley was diagnosed with pectus excavatum, a condition where the sternum curves inward and can sometimes compress the heart and lungs, at birth.
In many ways, Sammie is your typical teenager, wanting to push herself to the limit.
Susan Levy's second child entered the world at just 3 pounds, 11 ounces.
It started with headaches. Then 10-year-old Sarah Lemaster started complaining to her mother about stomach aches.
Sean was born 12 weeks premature, with major heart, lung, and intestinal abnormalities.
Seth and Nichole's Story
Intent on leaving California, and looking for a fresh start in a new state, Nichole and her 12-year-old son Seth moved to Arizona in February 2013. However, the move proved to be more difficult than Nichole initially thought.
At some point in time, most children will try the "silent treatment" on others.
Stephanie Ray lives the motto she teaches to other children and families living with AIDS: "Think positive, stay negative."
The volleyball sailed toward him, and though it was well within his reach, Tom MacKinney couldn't keep it in the air.
Three-year-old Toria was having a bit of fun at Phoenix Children's Hospital.
Around 2 years old, Tyler started having aches and pains. After a checkup, his family learned that he had leukemia and needed to be rushed to the hospital!
Tyler T.'s Story
Tyler was diagnosed with epilepsy and was suffering from multiple seizures.
Zander and Tabitha's Story
Born 15 weeks early, the twins started life in the NICU.
On the day the prenatal ultrasound showed the sex of their third child, the Brabham's also found out about some health concerns. There was trouble before she was even born.