All of our artists have been impacted by Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in some capacity, either as a patient, a sibling or a friend of a patient.

Meet these amazing children by reading their stories below, and if you know them, thank them for giving of their time and talent to support children at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.  Because a healthy child is the best gift of all.

Louisa, age 5

Louisa’s brother broke his collarbone at age 3 and was treated at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital. Louisa, who loves playing with her two older brothers, feels fortunate to have such a wonderful hospital in her hometown.

Bella, age 8

Osteosarcoma is a type of cancer that starts in the bones. Bella’s cancer formed in her left arm and spread to her lungs. Within months of her diagnosis, she had a left arm bone replacement surgery. Despite her many doctors visits and procedures, Bella remains full of joy. During her stays, she participates in the Music Therapy program at Children’s Hospital. She is an incredible musician and has written many songs through this program.

Grace, age 8

Grace was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 2. Her mother Amy says, “We are forever grateful for the nurses and doctors and staff at Children’s Hospital and believe in the incredible work done each and every day to save lives like our sweet Grace’s.” Grace loves to draw, read books and ride horses.

Lily, age 15

Lily was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when she was 7 years old. She was treated at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt for two and a half years. She is now 15 years old and wants to be a pediatric oncology nurse.

Anna Li, age 10

When Anna Li came from China to Nashville with her new family, the International Adoption Clinic at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital worked with her parents to shape her head because she had a flat head from always sleeping in the same position in her bed at the orphanage. Today at age 10, Anna Li is a beautiful, healthy child who enjoys basketball, soccer, swimming and arts and crafts.

Sarah, age 14

When she was 10, Sarah was admitted to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt because her appendix burst. Sarah and her parents remember being comforted by calm and experienced doctors and nurses during Sarah’s appendectomy and intestinal obstruction surgery. Today, forever grateful for the care she received, Sarah participates in multiple hospital fundraising projects, including modeling in the Friends & Fashion event.

Drew, age 9

When Drew was learning to walk, it was evident something was not quite right with one of his legs. Drew became a patient of the Department of Orthopaedics and the Pediatric Rehabilitation Center at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Not only did they help resolve the issue, he missed going to therapy when it was completed. Today, no one would know that he ever had any difficulty walking. In fact, he says he is the fastest kid in his class, and he loves playing soccer, flag football, basketball and baseball.

Caroline, age 9

Caroline was born with a birth defect causing benign tumors to grow inside her ear.  After 4 surgeries at Children’s Hospital, she has a new ear canal where no more tumors can grow.

Izzie, age 8

Izzie was treated for a broken toe at the Children’s Hospital emergency room when she was 18 months old. Now 8, she enjoys the movies Parent Trap and Annie. Izzie also likes ballet, coloring, golfing, playing games with her older brother, snuggling up with her dog and eating sushi.

Overton, age 12

Overton was an Emergency Department patient after a glow stick blew up in his eye while celebrating during July 4 festivities. He received quality care resulting in no permanent damage to his sight.

Rocky, age 10

Rocky was diagnosed with CRMO (chronic reoccurring multifocal osteomyelitis), a painful condition that causes bones to become inflamed, swollen and prone to breaking. As a result, Rocky has had multiple fractures. Rocky also has severe osteoporosis in his spine, which is treated with infusions in the pediatric chemo clinic at Vanderbilt. He wears a back brace and sometimes use a wheelchair depending on how his body is feeling. He loves sports but since his bones can’t withstand impact, he hopes to join a swim team and is learning to play drums. His is a tough disease but Rocky keeps a smile on his face. Whether on foot or on wheels, he lives life to its fullest!

Roxanna, age 9

Roxanna’s brother is a frequent patient at Children’s Hospital. He has CRMO, a disease where his body attacks and breaks his bones.

Lofton, age 18

Lofton has been a patient at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt since the age of 1. He has been treated by doctors in numerous departments, including gastroenterology, allergy, orthopedics, neurology, dermatology, surgery, the Center for Child Development and the Bill Wilkerson Center. Lofton and his twin sister serve on the Patient Advisory Council at Children’s Hospital.

Chloe, age 11

Chloe is thankful that her friend with cerebral palsy receives quality care at Children’s Hospital.