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BY Meagan Raeke

Abbey Kaler’s earliest memories of MD Anderson aren’t exactly fond ones. It’s the place she returned to dozens of times for follow-up care after being diagnosed with a childhood brain tumor.

“No matter how long it’d been since my last appointment, I was scared out of my mind because I was going from normal-kid life back to sick-kid life for 48 hours,” Abbey says. But there was a bright spot during the visits: “The nurses were always...

Childhood brain tumor survivor and breast cancer patient navigator Abbey Kaler

BY Monica G. Saenz

My stepson Roberto Saenz was heading to junior prom in 2009 when his brain tumor symptoms began. As he rode in the limo, he started to...

BY Brenna Huckaby

After losing most of my right leg at age 14 in November 2010 due to osteosarcoma, it was really hard for me to give up gymnastics. It had...

BY Rayne Parker

Cancer is a really big deal, but I never thought about it like that because no one in my family had ever had it before. Then my twin sister, Aaliyah, was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in November 2016. We were only 9 at the time. I was pretty scared.

I didn’t talk to my mom or dad about it very much, because I didn’t want to put more stress on them. They had a lot going on, and it felt like talking about how scared I was would...

Ewing's sarcoma survivor Aaliyah Parker with her twin, Rayne Parker

BY Sara K. Parker

When our daughter, Aaliyah, was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma at age 9 in November 2016, my husband and I were singularly focused on her...

BY Sara K. Parker

When my daughter Aaliyah was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in November 2016 at age 9, I was shattered, vacillating hourly between two nearly...

BY Aaliyah Parker

In November 2016, when I was 9 years old, I was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma. My parents took me to MD Anderson, where I had chemotherapy...

BY Katie Brooks

You see them walking the skybridge: some people wearing patient identification wristbands, some people wearing employee badges. But there...

BY Zachary Grubbs

In high school, I didn’t have much of a social life. I had trouble with insomnia, anxiety, paranoia, depression and apathy. As time went on...

BY Mason Ermis

My name is Mason Ermis. When I was 9 years old, I began a journey that tested my courage and strength in ways I never thought possible. We...