Connecticut Children’s Foundation Blog

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation Blog contains the latest division news, patient success stories and featured events. Check back regularly to see what our donors, patients and care providers have been doing.

New Oncofertility Program Explores Patients’ Options

Categories: Medical Center News, Partners in Caring
Dr. Natasha Frederick, Oncofertility Story
Roger (not his real name) was 19 when he received an alarming diagnosis: He had Ewing’s sarcoma. To fight his cancer, he was going to need multiple rounds of very intense chemotherapy. As Connecticut Children’s oncologist Natasha Frederick, MD, MPH, MS, has explained to young adults like Roger, chemotherapy drugs must be potent to kill …

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Cataract Surgery Restored Teen’s Eyesight

Categories: Medical Center News, Partners in Caring
Fatima Briley is only 15 years old, but when she came to Connecticut Children’s, she had a condition usually associated with the elderly: cataracts. In fact, her cataracts were so dense, she was functionally blind. Connecticut Children’s was able to help her, thanks to Paul Rychwalski, MD, his ophthalmic surgical team and a state-of-the-art machine. …

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Cancer Researchers on the Edge of Discovery

Categories: Medical Center News, Partners in Caring
When Connecticut Children’s patient Ian Brackett was 19, he began having severe headaches, intense and persistent enough that his doctor sent him to get a CT scan. The results of that scan were any parent’s nightmare: “They saw three black masses in my skull,” Ian says. It turned out that those masses were germ-cell tumors …

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Comprehensive Care for Olive

Categories: Partners in Caring, Patient Families
In Olive Panning’s short life, she has undergone one complex medical procedure after another. Her medical conditions have been fueled by a series of rare congenital issues. These conditions have kept her parents, physicians and caregivers on their toes for the last two-plus years as they deliver comprehensive care. Beloved throughout Connecticut Children’s, Olive currently …

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“Greatest Gala on Earth” Salutes Nursing

Categories: Events
Kim Helm, RN is just one nurse who will benefit from Bid for Kids support.
This year, Connecticut Children’s 2019 Gala will take place on Saturday, November 2. It’s billed as the “Greatest Gala on Earth” and will salute the nurses who care for children like Nick Stratton. Proceeds from the Gala’s “Bid for Kids” appeal will benefit the Nursing Department and, ultimately, all patients who receive care at Connecticut …

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