Avery is an inspiration to her family

Avery, who is in remission from neuroblastoma, poses with her family in a field.
Avery and her family

Kids often rely on their parents for inspiration, but for Kevin and Becky McAvoy, it’s their 5-year-old daughter, Avery, who provides the spark.

Avery was less than a year old when she was diagnosed with metastatic neuroblastoma, the most common type of cancer in infants. Her cancer contained an anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) mutation.

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Parents of 2-year-old hepatoblastoma survivor enjoying every milestone

William, who is in remission from hepatoblastoma, smiles in front of a Christmas tree.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE HOLBROOK FAMILY

Steph and Jake Holbrook know the date of every important moment in their son’s life: William’s first steps, his first words and even his first Boston Red Sox game. Another date they’ll forever remember: Jan. 17, 2018, when they were told that William — then 10 months old — had a rare type of liver cancer.

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Medical marijuana: What’s all the buzz?

PHOTO: ADOBE STOCK

Is medical marijuana safe for children and teens? Depending on who you ask, you may get very different answers.

On one side, pro-marijuana websites, marijuana companies and dispensaries are keen to promote the numerous (often unproven) benefits of using marijuana for medical reasons. On the other side, many public health agencies, community organizations and pediatric providers warn about the risks of marijuana use during childhood and adolescence, making it quite challenging to form an unbiased opinion. 

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‘The best thing:’ A poem for Logan

Logan (center) with siblings, Jackson and Adalyn (PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE HATFIELD FAMILY)

Five-month-old Logan Michael Hatfield is the baby of the family and adored by his siblings, Jackson and Adalyn. Logan was born with a cleft lip and palate and is cared for by a team at Boston Children’s Hospital, including Drs. Carolyn Rogers-Vizena and Elizabeth Ross. “After Logan was born, we found out his name means “little warrior,” says his mom, Jenna. “He has certainly proven both of those adjectives to be true!” Here, Jenna writes a poem for Logan as she awaits his lip repair surgery.

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