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When your child faces cancer, sickle cell disease or a serious blood disorder, it becomes the center of your world. You want a place that can take what feels impossible and strike it down.
At Ethie Haworth Cancer Center at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, we fight for the possibility of every child’s future. Our relentless work, program innovations and focused commitment are what keep us ranked nationally for the last 11 years.
Zoey’s mom had a normal and healthy pregnancy, but just weeks after birth, doctors noticed Zoey’s head was growing at an abnormal rate. An MRI confirmed that Zoey had a brain tumor taking up nearly half the space inside her head.
After numerous surgeries, doctors still couldn’t precisely confirm what the tumor was. Multiple consultants studied the tumor and were stumped. But our pathology and oncology teams didn’t give up — eventually discovering a mutation using genetic profiling that wouldn’t have been possible just a few years ago. Their discovery allowed Zoey to be treated with a targeted oral chemotherapy with only minimal side effects.
Two years later, despite what was usually a lethal diagnosis, Zoey is a healthy, beautiful little girl.
When Maddie was just 14 years old, doctors found a cancerous mass the size of a milk jug pressing on her windpipe, heart, lungs, and stomach. She immediately underwent surgery and intensive chemotherapy, but there was another problem. Maddie’s chemo would put her at risk for infertility later in life.
Doctors performed leading-edge surgery to remove and freeze one of Maddie’s ovaries. When she’s ready to have a family, the preserved ovary can be reimplanted, increasing her chances of getting pregnant.
Thanks to the doctors at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Maddie’s cancer is gone, but her dreams of being a mom are not.
Diagnosed with aplastic anemia — a rare and sometimes lethal condition that prevents the body from making new blood cells — Owen required a bone marrow transplant to survive.
Out of the millions of donors, there wasn’t a single, perfect match. But the doctors at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital weren’t about to let that stop them. Instead, they turned to Owen’s dad. Despite not being a perfect match, he shared enough key genes with Owen to be a promising donor. Once Dad’s bone marrow was removed, it was infused into into Owen, and within a year, he was on the path to a full recovery. Owen’s only complaint? Now that he’s healthy, he doesn’t get to see his friends at the hospital as much anymore.
Abe was diagnosed with sickle cell disease at birth. The disease causes red blood cells to clump together and block blood flow — resulting in severe pain, fatigue, and even death.
At just one month old, Abe began receiving innovative treatments at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. But unlike other diseases, sickle cell never goes away. That’s why the Helen DeVos Sickle Cell team continues to work hand-in-hand with Abe’s mom — educating her on the best path forward and treating Abe for any flair-ups along the way.
Thanks to his mom, his care team, and his relentless spirit, Abe lives a pretty typical life for a 7-year-old — running, playing, and going to school with his friends.
Our primary clinic is located in downtown Grand Rapids and our hematology / oncology outreach clinic is located in Traverse City.
Our specialists are ready to serve your child and your family.