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Zoe's Story

Art is a key part of Zoe’s cancer treatment, bringing both joy and distraction. When the pandemic hit, she was devastated to lose her regular art therapy sessions, says mom Brigitte. Telehealth enabled Zoe to continue from home. “The gift of technology put that pep back in her step,” Brigitte says.

Giving Rowan the Freedom to Enjoy Taco Tuesdays

Rowan is a third grader who, before the COVID-19 pandemic, loved to eat school lunches on Taco Tuesdays and Pizza Fridays. School lunch was a big deal. Until the fall of 2019, Rowan had to eat a packed lunch every day because her celiac disease requires a gluten-free diet.

Healing a Child’s Brain

Dr. Elizabeth Wells is tackling one of neuroscience’s biggest challenges: immune disorders that attack the brain or central nervous system. The Neuro-Immunology Program at Children’s National Hospital advances diagnostics, care and research for kids facing these complex conditions.

Mental Health Care in the Places Families Trust

The community’s voice is vital to successfully address the deepening mental health crisis that’s gripping America. Dr. Lee Beers is working alongside families, colleagues and partners to bring high-quality mental health care to a place kids know and trust: their doctor’s office.

Pediatric Discoveries Start with Teamwork, Leadership and Diversity

Dr. Vittorio Gallo leads a Children’s National Hospital research team that focuses on the newborn brain. It’s part of a larger multi-disciplinary team that uses science to improve the lives of children and families.

Finding a Path Forward for Isabel

Isabel had a rare form of cancer. Compassionate care and support at Children's National made it possible for her to get back to the things she loves — including bike riding, singing and going to Kindergarten.

A “Double Miracle” Repairs Jocelyn’s Heart

Jocelyn is an energetic second grader who loves lacrosse and Girl Scouts. She has a bright future, thanks to two lifesaving heart surgeries nearly eight years apart at Children’s National Hospital.

Early Mental Health Care Helps Families Stay on Track

Dr. Leandra Godoy is passionate about the power of mental health care for young patients. She says early interventions can help children and families lead healthier, happier lives.

Becoming a Pediatric Nurse — A Dream Come True

Maya Kidane had a dream in her heart as an undergraduate at the University of Maryland. She wanted to become a pediatric nurse. The Conway Nursing Pathway Program — created through philanthropy — made that dream a reality.

Whole Bear Care is About Easy Access to Mental Health Support

Our Whole Bear Care Integrated Behavioral Health Team provides children and families with access to mental health care in a “just across the hall” kind of way during routine general pediatrician visits. Dr. Nikita Rodrigues says this means more kids get the care and support they need to solve their problems faster.

Our Tiny Miracle

Sebby weighed only 15 ounces at birth. Care at Children’s National helped him grow up to be a kid who is healthy, strong and loves the playground.

Cutting-edge Care Offers Teddy Independence and a Brighter Future

For several years, Teddy’s epilepsy and severe seizures kept him from attending in-person school and hanging out at friends’ houses. Cutting-edge neurosurgery at Children’s National Hospital gave Teddy his life back and allowed him to achieve his biggest dream: getting his driver’s license.

Meeting Impossible Challenges, One Heartbeat at a Time

Dr. Yves d’Udekem leads innovative work at the Children’s National Heart Institute to solve the puzzles related to complex congenital heart conditions. He imagines solutions, tests them and brings them to life to make sure that “every baby and every family has the best care in the world.”

Understanding the Developing Brain Leads to Healthier Babies

When she was pregnant with Immanuel, Alisha joined a research study exploring the impact of stress, anxiety and depression on babies in utero. She contributed to science and improved her mental health, which helped her bond with her son after he was born.

A Three-year Milestone for Bella

Soon after Bella was born, doctors discovered a rare brain disorder that causes constant seizures. A pioneering procedure developed by Children’s National Hospital stopped her seizures. Today, Bella is a healthy preschooler.