After overcoming ovarian cancer, Lacey Collins was told she would never be able to have children. So when she learned she was pregnant with her little boy, Jayce, she was thrilled. Jayce was her little miracle who came along when she least expected it.
Our TV campaigns have always taken us into a world of unscripted medical drama. But in the midst of documenting the present moment, we don’t always get to see how the story ends. This year, five children invited us to walk with them on the other side of “better.” They let us into their post-treatment check-ups, their homes and their lives. We, unavoidably, let them into our hearts. And even gave a few cameras of their own.
Meet Jayce, the Medical Miracle (Videos) Super-preemie finds brighter future through non-invasive eye treatment
Meet Mackenzie, the Jokester (Videos) Mackenzie overcomes the odds after surgery to remove a brain tumor
In April 2011, 7-year-old Mackenzie started to hear a loud beeping in her ear. After several tests, Dr. Roger Hudgins, an Akron Children’s Hospital neurosurgeon, discovered that Mackenzie had a brain tumor referred to as a juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma. Once Dr. Hudgins removed the benign tumor, the hard work began.
In high school, Ryan was an honor student, excellent shot put and discus thrower, as well as a star football player sought after by many Division I colleges. But the football dreams he had since he was a little boy were sidelined during his junior year when Akron Children’s doctors discovered why he had been experiencing knee pain – cancer.