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If the walls of OSF HealthCare Children's Hospital of Illinois could talk, what would they say?

They would tell stories of four-year-old heroes and disease villains. They would start a slow clap for every staff member that, day after day, gives everything they have to make a difference. And above all else, they would spread the message that when WE all come together, the impossible is possible.

To see all of the 12 Days of Giving stories as they’re released, follow us on the Children’s Hospital of Illinois Facebook page.
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Harper

Patient

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On the outside, she looks like a healthy 6-year-old, but she has to fight hard every single day against the disease in her body.

-Shannon, mom

Harper is a fighter. She takes about 20 pills a day and does 2 treatments with her shake vest and nebulizer to manage her cystic fibrosis. She hates doing treatments. It’s hard sometimes not to think the worst, but a cystic fibrosis diagnosis today isn’t the same as it was 20 years ago. I still remember a doctor at Children’s Hospital telling us she believed there would be a cure in Harper’s lifetime. We have hope that she can live a full, happy life. We’ve been fortunate she hasn’t had many hospitalizations. But we also wonder if the other shoe will drop. The Cystic Fibrosis Center at Children’s has prepared us for that, though. They are like our family. She has an entire care team behind her helping us fight.

-Jason, dad

 

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Brandon

Patient


Story available on December 8

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Brandon

Patient

Story available on December 8

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Dee

Special Visitor Coordinator


Story available on November 29

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Dee

Special Visitor Coordinator

Story available on November 29

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Katie

Mother


Story available on December 4

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Katie

Mother

Story available on December 4

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Danielle

Charge Nurse


Story available on December 6

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Danielle

Charge Nurse

Story available on December 6

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Brittany

Patient


Story available on November 27

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Brittany

Patient

Story available on November 27

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Whitney & Dustin

Parents

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Sometimes I block memories…not all of them are good. Numerous times we’ve been told Reid had less than 24 hours. Each time she’s made it, though. The most important thing to us is that she isn’t suffering. She’s the toughest little girl I have ever met.

-Whitney, mom

We never expected we would be doing all this. Our 2-year old daughter, Reid, has Alpers syndrome. We were here for 9 months last year. This is the best hospital for her. We love the care and nurses, but it is tough. We live outside Geneseo. I was driving an hour and half to work in the mornings just to be able to spend nights with my girls.

-Dustin, dad

 

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Dr. Hanson

Hospitalist


Story available on December 2

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Dr. Hanson

Hospitalist

Story available on December 2

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Harlan

Patient


Story available on November 28

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Harlan

Patient

Story available on November 28

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Deb

Librarian


Story available on December 6

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Deb

Librarian

Story available on December 6

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Nicole

Mother


Story available on December 1

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Nicole

Mother

Story available on December 1

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Chris

Flight Nurse


Story available on December 5

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Chris

Flight Nurse

Story available on December 5

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Laura

RN Case Manager


Story available on December 3

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Laura

RN Case Manager

Story available on December 3

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At times it will be hard to read, because childhood illness and disease is one of life's greatest injustices. But keep reading - because it is important that their voices are heard. As we learn these stories, we are trying to raise funds to help the team at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois as they work tirelessly to help patients and their families.

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