Patient Stories

When children are diagnosed with diseases, such as cancer or blood disorders, their dreams for the future are put on hold. Needles, medicine and side effects become a major part of their world. It can be a scary time, which is why we at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta share these stories of hope—patients who have beaten their diseases, and who are now living happy, healthy lives.

Do you have a story to share? Let us know.



    We're grateful for all the brave and strong parents whose children come through our care. See a special tribute to just a few of them.


Meet Abby Abby Boone hates the word blood. Unfortunately, it has become all-too-common since the 8-year-old was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

Meet Alexis

When a Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Facebook post of Alexis went viral, the 18-year-old felt support from more than 2 million followers wishing her well and sending messages of encouragement.

Meet Carter

At age 7, Carter Samuel Martin faced cancer with determination and a smile.

Meet Charlotte Charlotte says cancer is "no big deal".

Meet Darren

Darren Johnson hopes to make a difference in children’s lives, just like the Aflac Cancer Center did for him.

Meet Jacob

Jacob Moore’s life has not been without challenges, but with the help of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and his family’s positive attitude, Jacob is overcoming obstacles every day.

Meet Jordyn

At 15 years old, she was an active soccer player. Then a Stage 1 germ cell tumor diagnosis changed her life. See how she got through treatment and now takes advantage of our Survivorship Program.

Meet Julie and Joshua

As Julie helped support her son Joshua through brain tumor treatment, his care team inspired her to become a nurse and help other families through tough times at Children’s.

Meet Landon and Madison

Madison and her little brother, Landon, were diagnosed with sickle cell disease through newborn screening. Today, Madison competes in cheerleading and Landon loves to swim.

Meet Matthew

Diagnosed with cancer at 13, Matthew Ramirez was determined to overcome the disease—and grow up to help other kids survive and thrive.

Meet Katielee

'I didn’t think the doctor had said cancer," said Katielee, thinking back to her diagnosis during her junior year of highschool. "I only heard tumor. Somehow I blocked out the word cancer when we met with the doctor.”

Meet Robert

Robert has managed a rare blood disorder all of his life, received care at Children’s for many years and is now conducting research in collaboration with Children’s, Emory and Georgia Tech.

Meet Robin

Robin is not your typical teen. She is a survivor. Her journey began when she was 6, after being diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare and difficult-to-treat bone cancer.

Meet Tendoh

Tendoh Timoh enjoys a life free of the debilitating effects of sickle cell disease thanks to a blood and marrow transplant (BMT) he received at the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Meet Teniyah

After being diagnosed with illnesses ranging from migraines to the flu, she came to Children's where physicians found the real cause: a brain tumor.

Meet Trisha

In her late teens, Trisha Henry Gaffney was diagnosed and treated for a rare form of cancer. As an adult, she turned to the Survivor Program to help her stay in control of her future.