Stories about: Diseases & Conditions

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

William, who is in remission from hepatoblastoma, smiles in front of a Christmas tree.

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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‘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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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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On the move: Care for cerebral palsy helps enhance Joseph’s mobility

boy with cerebral palsy watches a red sox game

Joseph Roman is happiest on the basketball court — in fact, he loves the sport so much that if his mother, Alba, is running late on her way to pick him up for practice, he’ll send an anxious text or two to make sure she knows he can’t miss it. The 12-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, has been playing the adaptive sport for three years on a team made up of mostly adults. But the age difference doesn’t slow him down. “It’s wonderful to watch him enjoying himself so much,” says Alba.

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