Created for Her Bone Marrow, Marissa Ayala, Now 21, Has a Living Sister to Show for It

There are obviously many reasons to have a child.
But bringing a new human being into the world for the express purpose of creating bone marrow for someone else? It was extremely controversial 20 years ago. However, 21-year-old Marissa Ay...
Girl was conceived 20 years ago to save her sister. They're both alive and well.

Childhood Vaccines May Reduce the Risk of Cancer, Study Says

Study shows the hepatitis B vaccine may reduce the risk of kids getting one form of leukemia. Credit: Getty Childhood vaccines actually prevent (wait for it, wait for it) childhood diseases. Wow. Who woulda thunk it? Certainly ...Contrary to hysterical belief, childhood vaccines prove to be a good thing.

Amazing Kid: Kylie Kuhns

Kylie Kuhns is working to help make life a little brighter for children with cancer. Credit: Courtesy of Kylie Kuhns Amazing Kid: Kylie Kuhns Age: 13 Grade: 8th Home Town: Mifflinburg, Penn. School: Mifflinburg Area Middle School...This teen is helping kids with cancer conquer their fears.

'Lion King' Actress Shannon Tavarez Dies at 11

Shannon Tavarez starred as Young Nala in "The Lion King." Credit: Rick Maiman, AP Shannon Tavarez, a young soprano who starred in 'The Lion King' on Broadway, has died at age 11 after a battle with acute myeloid leukemia, Broadway Worl...The 11-year-old has died after a battle with acute myeloid leukemia.

Does Stem Cell Research Ban Threaten Efforts to Help Children?

On March 9, 2009, President Barack Obama signed an order reversing the Bush administration's limits on human embryonic stem cell research. Credit: Darren Hauck, Getty Images
A research project at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins Uni...

Young 'Lion King' Actor Doing Well Post-Transplant

Shannon Tavarez, who has leukemia. is recovering after receiving an umbilical-cord blood transplant in a New York hospital Credit: Rick Maiman, AP
NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. (AP) - A doctor says an 11-year-old with leukemia who played young Nala in "The...

Boy, 4, with Leukemia Underscores Need for Multiracial Bone Marrow Donors

Watch CBS News Videos Online Four-year-old Devan Tatlow's life depends on doctors finding a bone marrow donor for the boy by the end of July. If he was Caucasian, those odds would be pretty good, but, because the boy is of mixed-race, he and h...

Young Cancer Patients at Risk for Loneliness and Isolation

A diagnosis of cancer is devastating to a person of any age. But for teenagers and young adults with the disease, it can be particularly lonely and isolating. As reported on CBC.ca, a group of adolescent and young adult cancer patients and survivors,...

Dying Girl's Last Wish - A Wedding

Every little girl dreams about her wedding day, complete with visions of a big beautiful white dress and, of course, the perfect man. But 9-year-old Jayla Cooper doesn't have a lifetime to wait for Mr. Right. The Southlake, TX, girl has been battling...

Cindy Crawford helps kids with cancer

Becoming rich and famous has done more for Cindy Crawford than allow her to live in a fancy house and buy great shoes. Her high profile has given her the opportunity to give back to a hospital with a special place in her heart. The University of Wisc...

No right to avoid chemo

An eleven-year-old Canadian boy battling Leukemia has decided he doesn't want to undergo any more chemotherapy. His family doesn't want him to suffer anymore chemo either. The Children's Aid Society, however, has taken the boy into custody and is for...

Playgroups may decrease risk of childhood leukemia

New research suggests that children who attend day care or are frequently exposed to other children through playgroups or playdates may be at a decreased risk of developing leukemia. According to this article from Yahoo, leukemia is thought to be cau...

Save a life with a cheek swab

It is not often that the average person has the opportunity to save a life, but reader Meredith shared a link where a cheek swab could be the difference between life and death for a person in need. Laura Cisneros-Rayman is a wife, mother, NMSU alum,...

Insurance okays transplant as teen dies

Nataline Sarkisyan had leukemia. I say "had" because it is no longer an issue for her. She passed away last week. She had undergone a bone marrow transplant from her brother, but a complications with her liver meant she needed a transplant. Her insur...

14-year old dies after refusing a blood transfusion

Fourteen-year old Jehovah's Witness Dennis Lindberg passed away this past Wednesday after refusing a blood transfusion. His decision to decline the transfusion was based on religious grounds and was supported by a judge. The judge in the case, Joh...


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