A smiling baby in a high chair wearing a felt crown touches his mom's face as she crouches beside him.

Tiny big moments: the story behind Foxbox

It all started with a baby and his fox.  In July of 2019, Cypress had just turned 4 months old. His pediatrician sent him to the OHSU Doernbecher Emergency Department, where his mom, Kat,...

A toddler sits on a red tractor seat. The tractor is on a wooden platform and attached with a chain.

Embracing Compassion, building community

Every Saturday, children affected by pediatric cancer and their families gather at a small farm in Sherwood, Oregon. On Sundays, local community members come together to do farm maintenance and help...

Left: Young man holding blue, purple, gold and black Air Jordan 14 Retro sneaker. Right: Same person, older, holding the sneaker and standing in a bedroom. Football jersey behind him reads "Ellis #39."

Every sneaker has a story

2019 was a big year for Ethan Ellis: he got a new heart, and he designed a Nike sneaker. Ethan was born with a congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome. He underwent three...

A young child and his mother stand side-by-side, smiling, in front of a camp cabin

Finding community at camp

Twelve-year-old Alijah was born with a congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). He’s been treated at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital since he was born, and has...

A smiling baby wearing a handkerchief and sitting in a stuffed chair.

Navigating sickle cell disease: Isaiah’s story

The Diagnosis August 8, 2018. Two weeks to the day of Isaiah’s birth, as promised. OHSU is calling me. First ring. I know what this is. It is the results of his newborn screening. Second...

Team Axel: taking on Pompe disease together

Every week, a small blond boy walks through the double doors of OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital’s hematology oncology clinic. It’s Axel, and he’s here for his “muscle juice” (an...

OCD to me: It takes courage

Eighteen-year-old Ryan Bernstein is a youth advocate for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), having lived with it for many years. He is the author of "OCD to Me: An Anthology of Anxieties," and he's...

Returning to the OR: Alyssa’s Doernbecher story

We sat down with OHSU School of Nursing student Alyssa to learn why she is pursuing a career in nursing. Read her story in her own words below!   My symptoms started when I was about 7...

2016 in review: Doernbecher’s top stories

Safety first! Tips and tricks to keep kids safe and healthy reigned supreme on our blog this year – from Pokémon GO to laundry detergent packets. At OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital, we are...