Meet Our Patient Ambassadors

 Charisse's Story 

Moving to a different country with two young children is difficult under the best of circumstances. Add to that a severely sick child, and it’s easy to see how insurmountable the challenge may seem. Sometimes it takes a little help to get things moving in the right direction.  When we first met the Mahosi family, they had just moved from Zimbabwe to Jacksonville, Fla. Their 3-year-old daughter Charisse was malnourished and weak from an extended illness and needed advanced hospital care... Read More. 

Savannah's Story 

It all started with what looked like a bug bite. “Savannah’s grandmother was the first to notice her foot was swollen,” remembers Savannah’s mom, Sarah. The family never dreamed it would turn out to be so much more. A couple of weeks later, at age 6, Savannah was diagnosed with metastatic Ewing’s sarcoma — one of the rarest forms of childhood cancer. It began in her foot and spread to her lungs. Because of its aggressive nature, her Nemours oncology team worked quickly to create a treatment plan...Read More. 



Rue's Story 

Rue is a vibrant, 7-year-old who enjoys playing soccer and creating art. She’s also a cancer survivor. A few months before Rue turned 3 years old, her mom noticed she wasn’t eating well, and she was pale. They visited the pediatrician not expecting to spend the entire week in the hospital... Read More 


Caleb's Story 

In just six months, Caleb went from being an active 18-month-old to being paralyzed from the waist down. Caleb’s journey began when his parents noticed a bump on his lower back. After a series of visits with his pediatrician and an orthopedic specialist, an ultrasound showed a tumor. He was referred to the Nemours oncology team for treatment...Read More.


 Katherine's Story 

When uncharacteristic emotional outbursts and anger affected her school and social life, both Katherine and her mom knew it was time to get professional help. Her Nemours psychologist and psychiatrist worked together to help Katherine, who was a freshman in High School at the time, calm herself in stressful situations...Read More. 

Riley's Story 

Riley is a 12-year-old who’s been through a lot in his young life. He’s a mature and astute young man who doesn’t let anything get him down. “Riley was 6 years old when he began having headaches,” remembers Scott, Riley’s dad. “After imaging tests and a biopsy, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor,” he says.... Read More. 

 Norah's Story 

Norah, our resident “Rock Star,” is a vivacious 8-year-old. She doesn’t let a wheelchair keep her from dancing, going to the beach and being active with her family — especially her new baby sister. She is well known and loved by many Nemours specialists, staff and volunteers. Her mom Megan estimates that over the past four years, they’ve logged more than 120 visits to our downtown Jacksonville, Fla. location...Read More.