Patient Stories

Our inspiring patients are the reason the 31-Day Challenge was created and why we continue to strive toward creating a breakthrough for every child in our care.

Charlie’s Story

Smiling patient Charlie

From the moment Charlie was born, he had trouble breathing. His family turned to CHOP’s Newborn and Infant Chronic Lung Disease Program for answers. With the program’s specialized care and coordinated approach, Charlie grew strong enough to finally go home. Today, the 2½-year-old is thriving.

Claire’s Story

Smiling patient Claire

Diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at a year old, Claire didn’t have the strength to speak or feed herself. With the help of a breakthrough drug, physical therapy and her healthcare team at CHOP, she can now crawl, stand and walk – and is gaining strength each day.

Johanna’s Story

Smiling patient Johanna

When Johanna was being treated for leukemia at CHOP, her mom noticed massage therapy was offered to kids as they waited, and it seemed to calm them. Now that Johanna, 9, is in remission, she and her mom are working to help other patients get the same benefits from integrative health practices like massage.

Emily’s Story

Smiling Patient Emily

Born with serious heart defects and a rare craniofacial condition, 15-year-old Emily has endured more than 30 surgeries in her life. Through it all, she has tried to remain positive, keep fighting and teach kindness. Last year, she and her 31-Day Challenge team, Merrill Crew, completed 3,026 miles to support kids at CHOP!