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BY Jenny Brown

When my 11-year-old daughter, Averi, fell at school, we didn’t think anything of it. But when the bruise didn’t go away after several weeks, we got it checked out. Her pediatrician said it looked like a bunch of blood vessels because the bruise was right above the muscle. But she wanted to biopsy it to be sure.

On June 17, 2021, Averi’s doctors performed a needle biopsy and removed a mass on her hip half the size of a tennis ball...

Averi Brown standing in front of a white wall wearing a pink sweatshirt with the words "braveri" on it.

BY Sarah Zizinia

Thousands of patients ages 15 to 39 receive cancer treatment at MD Anderson each year, but a cancer diagnosis can feel especially lonely for...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Rebekah Thibodeaux didn’t expect to see her daughter 13-year-old daughter, Lane, back in the saddle so soon. When Lane was diagnosed with...

BY Katrina Burton

MD Anderson donors can make a big impact for programs that ultimately support some of our youngest cancer patients like 5-year-old Giovanni Albelice.

Giovanni was first diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia when he was only 20 months old. He finally rang the bell at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital to mark the end of his treatment in 2020.

But 10 months later, in August 2021, Giovanni relapsed. He eventually needed...

Giovanni Albelice sitting in a hospital room.

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Mazen Nadim wasn’t interested in robotic surgery to remove his adrenal tumor at first. No scar, no deal, the 15-year-old insisted. After all...

BY Seana Johnson

When my daughter, Preslie, was eight years old, I noticed that her left eyelid seemed to be a little droopy. But I never expected it to be...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

In some ways, 2005 was a challenging year for Carrington Marzett. The 15-year-old sophomore was still settling in after a recent move from...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Kinsley Curley was only 3 years old when she was diagnosed with a stage IV Wilms’ tumor, one of the most common types of kidney cancer found...

BY Ronda Wendler

Pam Blaine was on top of the world. She’d just graduated with a master’s degree in arts administration and landed a new job with the Utah...

BY Christine Pena

In Sept. 2019, I discovered a rock-hard bump on my son Logan’s chest. The next day, an X-ray revealed a soft tissue mass on his chest. A CT...