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Orlando Bairfield

It seems everywhere that Orlando Bairfield goes, he is delighted to showcase some awesome dance moves with a huge smile. The spunky 8-year-old is just two months post-surgery after having undergone a liver transplant at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in January 2024. “Check out these new moves,” he laughs as he dances during…

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Avery Hall

Sitting next to her son and rising star, Avery (aka  VERIFYD), his mom and biggest fan, Elizabeth, shared her excitement over his upcoming return to the stage. “The last 5 years have been a roller coaster,” she said.  “Music has been his medicine, as much or more than all the chemo he has had. I’m…

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Ambrea Doll

“My name is Ambrea, and I am cancer free.” These were the words spoken by 14-year-old survivor, Ambrea, as she confidently completed her solo dance performance to the song, “I’ll never surrender” – by Shangrii-La.  This day, March 10, 2024, marks nearly one year following her life-threatening diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. “It’s pure joy to…

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Anberlin Gripp

In between clinic visits, 12-year-old Anberlin from Belleville, IL sat in SSM Health Cardinal Glennon’s ground floor atrium with her Starbucks beverage talking about her favorite things. She talked about her love of legos, cats, Harry Potter and reading. “One of my cats is named Hemmingway,” Anberlin said. “I love reading and I love writing.…

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Libby with her mom at a baseball game

Libby Cunningham

It was Good Friday of Easter weekend 2022. Eleven-year-old Libby and her mom, Michelle, from Glen Carbon, IL were having a mother/ daughter trip at the mall. Shopping and laughter were promptly interrupted when Michelle received the phone call no mother ever wants to receive. It was a call from Libby’s endocrinologist that Libby had…

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Juliana Steger

Five year-old Juliana from South St. Louis County, MO is a sweet and cuddly 5 year old. She loves animals, music, books, waffles, pancakes, dinosaurs, deer, baby dolls and big trucks. She loves her two sisters, her mom and her biggest love is probably her daddy. She has been through more in her 5 years…

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Liam Gregory

Liam Gregory’s journey is a remarkable story of resilience and the power of love and medical care. Born in 2013, Liam faced numerous health challenges, especially in his early years. When he was just 22 months old, he was admitted to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital due to severe coughing and wheezing, which local doctors initially…

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Cardinal Glennon kid, Morgan

Morgan Andrews

Courtney Andrews gave birth to her daughter, Morgan on March 6, 2011. “I had a pretty routine pregnancy, despite some mild preeclampsia and polyhydramnios. Morgan was born after a shoulder dystocia, weighing 9lbs 11oz. She had difficulties with feeding and they told me she had a slight heart murmur. They did an echocardiogram on her,…

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Cardinal Glennon kid Makayla

Makayla Cross

When Cheri and Terrion Cross left San Diego in 2016 to come to St. Louis, Missouri, they had been married for two years trying to have children. A blended family, Cheri and Terrion were already parents to teenagers, Elijah and Trinity, but they had hoped for more children to add to their happy home. Cheri…

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Sophie Ysursa

“It was the best summer I ever had,” said 13 y/o Sophie, as she recalled the months leading up to her diagnosis. “I was on swim team and achieved some of my best times ever. I did drama camp and had lead roles. I did volleyball clinics. I played soccer. My family went to Six…

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