Cancer Center

Pediatric Cancer Patient Stories

Children with cancer and their families know the impact that a cancer diagnosis can have. They share their experiences here to offer support and hope to other families.

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

7-year-old Emily was the first child enrolled in an exciting clinical trial for relapsed ALL.

Emily's ALL story

Acute Myelogenous Leukemia

Diagnosed at 15, Carly is now a happy, healthy, high school senior.

Read Carly's story

Zach’s story
Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma

When Zach’s lymphoma relapsed, his family came to CHOP where doctors recommended he enroll in a clinical trial.

Zach’s Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma Story


It seemed 18-month old Edie was out of options, when she came to CHOP for an experimental treatment that changed the course of her life.

Edie’s Neuroblastoma Story

Pediatric Bilateral Retinoblastoma

This 2-year-old underwent a unique chemotherapy regimen to save his vision and his life.

Kyle's Retinoblastoma Story

Pediatric Brain Tumor

11-year-old Stephany traveled from Brazil to Philadelphia for proton therapy.

Stephany’s Pituitary Germinoma Story

Pediatric Brain Tumor

Proton therapy was the best treatment option for this 2-year-old's brain tumor.

Ryan's Brain Tumor Story

Pediatric Brain Tumor, Medulloblastoma

For this studious teenager headaches were the first sign of a brain tumor.

Jacqueline's brain tumor story

Pediatric Brain Tumor

Inspired by the care she received, 14-year-old Shanna aims to become a pediatric neurosurgeon.

Shanna's Brain Tumor Story

Pediatric Brain Tumor, Germinoma

Mikayla benefited from proton therapy, an advanced form of radiation available through the Cancer Center.

Mikayla’s Brain Tumor Story

malcolm ewing sarcoma
Ewing Sarcoma

11-year-old Malcolm had made the team for soccer camp when he started experiencing hip pain.

Malcolm’s Ewing Sarcoma Story

Pediatric Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Leg pain for this adolescent girl led to diagnosis of an aggressive type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Farah's Lymphoma Story

Pediatric Leukemia

Born with Down syndrome and a congenital heart defect, this brave little boy was diagnosed with leukemia at 27 months old.

Alex’s Leukemia Story

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Shawn turned five the same day his parents learned he had the most common childhood cancer, leukemia.

Shawn's Leukemia Story

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

September's Parkway Run will mark one year since Joey's cancer diagnosis.

Joey's Leukemia Story

Ewing Sarcoma

This self-assured 11-year-old has been blogging about her cancer journey for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Rachel Kovach’s OncoGirl: "my cancer care at CHOP"

Pediatric Malignant Nerve Sheath Tumor

A likely fatal diagnosis led to removal of this young woman’s tumor and ongoing creative approaches to her care.

Kelsea’s Nerve Sheath Tumor Story

Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia

Diagnosed as a baby with a rare cancer, Coco has had several rounds of chemotherapy and a special type of transplant that uses cells taken from donated umbilical cord blood.

Coco’s Leukemia Story


This young woman continues to receive the best follow-up care from CHOP after being treated for cancer as a toddler.

Sarah’s Neuroblastoma Story


A rare cancer diagnosis followed by a stem cell transplant didn’t stop this 3-year-old.

Cole’s Neuroblastoma Story


As a survivor, 24-year-old Alex receives continuing care through the Cancer Survivorship Program.

Alex's Rhabdomyosarcoma Story

Stage IV Neuroblastoma

Aggressive cancer required aggressive treatment, including stem cell transplantation, for this energetic 3-year-old.

Charlie’s Neuroblastoma Story

Pediatric Brain Tumor

Mark told us his story of diagnosis, treatment and relapse, and shares the lessons he's learned from his fight against a brain tumor.

Mark's Brain Tumor Story

Pediatric Brain Tumor

Bright, curious, 10-year-old Hanna received 30 proton therapy treatments to fight her cancer.

Hanna's Brain Tumor Story

Pediatric Brain Tumor

4-year-old Sultan and his family traveled from the Middle East so he could get the best possible care for his cancer.

Sultan's Brain Tumor Story

Cellie Cancer Coping Kit

When 10-year-old Justin was diagnosed with ALL, he met a new friend named Cellie.

Read Justin’s Story

Li-Fraumeni Syndrome

Courtney learned how strong she really was after a serious diagnosis.

Read Courtney's story

Childhood Cancer Advocacy

After losing their son to neuroblastoma, the Lindbergs were inspired to start a foundation in his name.

About the EVAN Foundation

Ewing Sarcoma

Antonio was a 15-year-old soccer goalie when he was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer.

Antonio's Ewing Sarcoma Story

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

In less than 48 hours, Hailey went from happy, healthy toddler, to cancer patient at CHOP.

Hailey's Leukemia Story

Brain Tumor

After two weeks of strange symptoms, a CT scan revealed a tumor in 2-year-old Jake's brain.

Jake's Brain Tumor Story


Mary's friends and family will walk for her at the Parkway Run & Walk, decked out in pink tutus.

Mary's Medulloblastoma Story

Hodgkin Lymphoma

Callum's experience inspired him to consider a career as a pharmacist, following in the footsteps of a favorite member of his medical team.

Callum's Story

Extrarenal Rhabdoid Tumor

Laila's family traveled to CHOP from Montreal for pediatric proton therapy.

Laila's story

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