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April 27th, 2017

‘Miracle Patient’ Says She’s Living Proof: Never (Ever) Give up Hope

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A few months ago, Sharon Stroehl was coming up on a milestone birthday. And she wasn’t too happy about it. “I was having a hard time with turning 50,” she says. But not anymore. Now, Sharon sees each day as a gift. “Tomorrow’s never promised,” she tells us.

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Tags: Aortic dissection, cardiac rehab, Dr Alberto Pochettino, Sharon Stroehl


April 25th, 2017

Mayo ‘Superheroes’ Use Their Powers to Give Young Patient Proper Sendoff

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It was “Superhero Day” in the proton beam treatment area at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Arizona, and 6-year-old Iram Sobarzo had been ready for almost a week. He had talked about little else during that last week of treatment for a brain tumor. He was fixated on meeting Spiderman, his personal superhero. Staff had arranged […]

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Tags: Child Life Services, Krystal Lamb, Proton Beam Therapy Program


April 20th, 2017

Cancer Diagnosis Turns Student Athlete Into Student Advocate

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On Dec. 1, 2015, Miranda Mead learned that the back pain she’d attributed to a fall was actually a tumor. She was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare cancer, just days after her 16th birthday. So instead of getting her driver’s license, Miranda got a treatment plan, including proton beam therapy at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester […]

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Tags: Ewing's Sarcoma, Proton Beam Therapy Program


April 20th, 2017

Young Patient Works to Buy Teddy Bears to Comfort Others Like Him

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Two summers ago, Henry Brown began experiencing unexplained pain in his right arm. His parents took him to see numerous doctors in his home state of New York and elsewhere, but Henry tells us “none were able to tell me what was wrong.” The one thing doctors were able to tell Henry was that the […]

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Tags: Avascular necrosis, Dr Shawn O'Driscoll


April 13th, 2017

Transplant Patient, Humanitarian Dedicates Donated Home to Care Team

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In the mountains of Guatemala, in a small Mayan village called Xepatan, is a house. A newly constructed house that sits in stark contrast to the cane and dirt floor homes found throughout the rest of this farming town. This house was built by volunteers from Constru Casa — a nonprofit organization that works to […]

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Tags: Dr Mikel Prieto, kidney transplant


April 11th, 2017

Young Cancer Patient Shows What It Means to Be ‘Hunter Strong’

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Lisa Gifford is a mother. She’s also a pediatric nurse. So she knew something wasn’t right with her youngest son, Hunter. “He was having trouble urinating,” Lisa tells us. Initially, she chalked it up to a urinary tract infection. But his primary care provider ruled that out after Hunter’s blood work came back fine. Later […]

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Tags: chemotherapy, Ewing's Sarcoma, Lisa Gifford, Proton Beam Therapy Program


March 30th, 2017

Katharine’s Wish Gives Comforting Gift to Other Patients

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Nine years ago, during a “dream family vacation” at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, 9-year-old Katharine Rhoten (or “Katie,” as she likes to be called) became so ill she had to be rushed to a local hospital. “She was in shock, and my husband and I were in shock,” Katie’s mom, Kristin Everett, tells […]

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Tags: Diabetes, Kristin Everett, Mayo Clinic Health System, Stacy Hein


March 30th, 2017

Madison Keys Is Back on the Court After Wrist Surgery at Mayo Clinic

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By any measure, 2016 was a big year for tennis pro Madison Keys. The 22-year-old cracked the Women’s Tennis Association top 10, the first American to do so since Serena Williams’ debut in 1999. She fell just short of winning a medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. And she qualified for the Women’s Tennis […]

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Tags: Dr Richard Berger, orthopedics


March 28th, 2017

Transplant Patient Making the Most of Life She Was Never Supposed to Have

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Conventional wisdom says Kim Shobe should not be alive right now. One of Mayo Clinic’s early lung transplant patients, Kim received a single-lung transplant in January 1992, less than two years after Mayo began offering the procedure in Rochester. She was patient No. 7. At the time, the average survival rate for lung transplant patients […]

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Tags: lung transplant


March 28th, 2017

Bear Hunt Reunites Young Cancer Patient and His Furry Friend

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Social media can bring out the worst in people. But it can also bring out the best, as it did last week when it helped reunite 5-year-old Aiden Remme with his beloved teddy bear, Tedz. Aiden’s furry friend has been with him through every step of his treatment for a brain tumor at Mayo Clinic’s […]

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Tags: brain tumor, Dr Amulya Nageswara Rao, Dr David Daniels, pediatric neurology, Pediatric Oncology, Scott Gulbranson


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