Each year, Franciscan Children’s helps thousands of children find the courage to reach their full potential. Explore some of the amazing stories crafted every day by our passionate patients, students, families, and staff.
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Brandon Smart has been a fighter from the very beginning.
Mae’s smile makes everyone smile.
Music Therapy helps Hannah show incredible signs of improvement in the areas she needs it the most.
Kevin is determined. His confidence is ever building, he is learning to self-advocate, and he is a friend to all.
At 21 weeks the doctor told Meghan that she was in labor. The new parents didn’t know what to expect.
Determined and tenacious, that’s how the faculty at Kennedy Day School often describe Devin.
When 2 ½ year old Jacob fell from a third story window, life for the Qua family was turned upside down.
Maisey received the one-on-one help she needed to cope with her mental health challenges.
Bella’s progress is amazing to see! She continues to thrive in school, in her community.
Gradually, with the help of his care team, Christian began to gain back his strength and mobility.
After 9 months of intensive therapy, it was a miracle to watch Justin walk out of Franciscan.
With superhero-like courage, Nick fought back from inexplicable seizures and a medically-induced coma.
Born at only 26 weeks and 1 lb. and 12 oz., Michael Kostecki had a lot of growing to do.
Less than six months after a car accident left her unable to walk, Brooke is home and walking independently.
One look at Molly’s vibrant smile, and it’s impossible to tell how her life could have changed.
Emma’s stay at Franciscan helped her realize the
importance of asking for help when she needed it.
Skating has built Adam’s confidence, watching and competing with the other children.
An unexpected virus on her spine left doctors wondering if she would ever be able to walk again.
Caleb works to learn skills many take for granted, like expressing his preferences.
In spite of treatments, surgeries, and an anxious wait on the organ donor list, Kiki remained bright and determined.