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Meet the Patients and Families

August 22, 2017

Patient Name:  Myer

Nickname: Superboy

Age: 6

Diagnosis: ALL

On October 26th, 2015 Myer Turchin was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Until that week he was an active, athletic, healthy kid with no obvious signs that anything was wrong. He had been riding...

August 22, 2017

TRAVIS

Diagnosis: Medulloblastoma, Brain Tumor in 4th Ventricle

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Travis’ world changed when he was in 4th grade and diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor on March 6, 2013 at the age of 10 years old. He had episodes of feeling dizzy, vomiting and heada...

August 22, 2017

EVELYN D.

Diagnosis: Optic Glioma

Age: 11

Dad: Braulio

Evelyn was diagnosed with brain cancer at 3 months old. Her dad, Braulio, noticed her left eye was protruding and moved around on its own and Evelyn would cry at night. They brought her to a pediatrician who referred h...

August 22, 2017

GRACE

Parents: Laura & Rob Mello

Diagnosis: NICU

Age: 3

In the spring of 2013, Laura and Rob Mello found out they were pregnant with their first child, who was due to arrive on Dec. 15. On Oct. 10, Grace Betty Mello arrived 10 weeks early, weighing only 2 pounds, 12 ounces...

August 22, 2017

KAYLEE
Diagnosis: Cancer: Leukemia
Age: 3
Parents: Kelly (Nurse in Rady Children’s Peckham Center) & Jared


 

Kaylee is 3 years old. After a couple of days of high fevers and feeling “yucky,” her mommy took her to the Pediatrician where it appeared to be “just a virus.”...

August 22, 2017

ALEX

Diagnosis: Head Trauma, Skateboard Accident

Age: 16

Many skateboarders never wear helmets. It’s a common sight. They just don’t see the need. But Alex Hargis wasn’t like that. He recognized the benefits of wearing a helmet and was good about it — most of the time.

The...

August 22, 2017

Kasey Harvey: Beating Cancer

One Sunday evening in November 2014, Kasey Harvey went out with her parents for dinner and a walk around Shelter Island. She mentioned that she had a cold. A couple weeks later, the family would find themselves at Rady Children’s, and their...

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