Alice Cares: KIDS

Maelle

At the age of 4, Maelle developed severe headaches and her eyes began crossing, impacting her vision. She was referred to Children’s Hospital Colorado where she was diagnosed with a tumor on her optic nerve. Maelle underwent surgery, followed by chemotherapy to prevent further tumor growth. Maelle...
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Austin

Austin had a major four-wheeling accident in August 2017. He was ambulanced to the emergency department of Children’s Colorado, where he had exploratory surgery, which uncovered three tears in his colon. After five days in the hospital, Austin went home. Soon after his one-month checkup, Austin had...
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Markus

Markus, age 13: What started as knee pain turned into a nightmare for Markus and his family. After an X-ray revealed a mass in his leg, Markus was diagnosed with osteosarcoma – a rare form of bone cancer. His family came to Children’s Colorado for a second opinion and immediately felt reassured...
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Ben

When Ben was 2 weeks old, his father, Jeff, was carrying him and tripped over their Golden Retriever, falling down the stairs. Ben suffered a head injury that resulted in a stroke. They went to Children’s Colorado where was intubated due to frequent seizures. He stayed at the NICU for 2 weeks...
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Jason

In 1995, 20-year-old Jason Kotas was a college basketball player in Virginia when doctors found a softball-sized tumor behind his lung. He flew to Denver to be with his family. Although he was a young adult, he chose Children’s Colorado for treatment because he “always felt like a big kid.” They...
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Jacob

All his life, Jacob lived with a mitochondrial disease, a genetic disorder affecting the body’s mitochondrial cells. He spent much of his life at Children's Hospital Colorado; one year he was there for more than 130 days. It became his – and his family’s - second home. Jacob was a happy, loved boy...
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Trinity

Life was totally normal for Trinity until April 2017. While standing around a bonfire with friends in Granby, Colo., a wind picked up and carried the fire, burning 25 percent of Trinity’s body. Flight for Life transported Trinity to Children’s Colorado. Our Burn Center is the only program in...
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Rhiannon

At 15, Rhiannon had just made the cheerleading squad at her high school in Monte Vista. During her sports physical, doctors discovered small red spots on her arm, called petechiae, which turned out to be symptoms of a more serious condition. In April 2017, she was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic...
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