Author: Ellen Greenlaw

World Voice Day: Helping young people find their voice

Rowan, who was treated for a voice disorder, performs as the Beast on stage
Rowan performs in “Beauty and the Beast”

This World Voice Day, we share the stories of three young people who regained their voices thanks to the Voice and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Program at Boston Children’s Hospital.

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Athlete’s mystery pain is low-grade glioma

Erin, who had surgery for a low-grade glioma, kicks a soccer ball during a game.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE HOLMBERG FAMILY

It started with muscle aches in her shoulders, almost like spasms, while she slept. The pain was awful, and nothing seemed to bring relief. But because Erin Holmberg is a varsity three-sport athlete — soccer, basketball and track — everyone assumed it was muscular pain caused by overexertion.

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Davidson: From Ohio to Boston for AVM surgery

Davidson, who had surgery to remove and AVM, poses on the lacrosse field with his sister
Davidson and his younger sister, Bella

Davidson Jump has always been a calm kid, according to his mother, Brett. So when the then 14-year-old suddenly went blind during English class in March of 2018, he didn’t panic. Instead, he asked a friend sitting nearby to walk him to the nurse’s office. He told the nurse he didn’t feel well and then had a grand mal seizure.

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Drumroll please: Our ‘Best in Care’ finalists

An older man laughs with patient at Boston Children's Hospital
Best in Care nominee, Lucilo Puello, receives a valentine from Ellie [PHOTOS: MICHAEL GODERRE/BOSTON CHILDREN’S]

This spring, one staff member or volunteer from Boston Children’s Hospital will be honored with a Patient and Family Best in Care Award. Founded by the Boston Children’s Family Partnerships Program, the Best in Care Award is a way for families to recognize staff members and volunteers who have gone above and beyond in providing exceptional care.

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