Landon: Cancer-free after neuroblastoma treatment

Landon, who was treated for neuroblastoma, rides a scooter
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE CATO FAMILY

The first year of a baby’s life is filled with milestones, but between sitting and standing up, holding his bottle and playing peek-a-boo, there was one thing Landon Cato developed his parents never anticipated: cancer.

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In the nick of time: Kayley’s life-saving treatment for midaortic syndrome

teenager with midaortic syndrome
PHOTOS: COURTESY OF THE ESTEVES FAMILY

At 10, Kayley Esteves could often be found on the soccer field, dribbling a ball up and down the grass. She seemed the picture of health, but when she started experiencing chest pains, her mother, Sue, brought her to their local hospital. An initial chest x-ray revealed nothing. “But something still didn’t seem right,” remembers Sue. She made an appointment with a cardiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, where Kayley had previously received care.

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Enjoying the little things: Aerodigestive care for Abby

Abigail goes skiing with her family after aerodigestive treatment
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE HURLBURT FAMILY

Abigail Hurlburt is a true Vermont girl. She loves horseback riding, swimming, skiing and camping. But when she drew a picture titled, “Things I’m Thankful For,” the focus was something far simpler: a glass of milk. It was a sign that — after a rough start — she’s finally able to enjoy the little things in life.

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After a second chance, Lincoln is growing by leaps and bounds

Lincoln, a heart patient, poses with Buzz Lightyear and Woody
Lincoln and friends

“You’re the best mom ever,” is music to any mother’s ears. But when 6-year-old Lincoln spoke these words to his mom, Amber, for the first time just a few weeks ago, she totally lost it — in a good way.

“I never thought he’d be able to say that,” Amber says. “Thanks to his team at Boston Children’s Hospital, he’s come so far in just a few years.”

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