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Our Hero: Liam

BY Kadesha Washington

At just three months old, Liam was seriously ill. Suffering from a fever and gastrointestinal problems, his mother Mercedes took him to the hospital. Within a few days, Liam was on life support.

Our Hero: Jayden

BY Kadesha Washington

Born with sickle cell disease, Jayden would often suffer from infections, fevers, and crisis episodes. As he grew older, the disease would limit his ability to play his favorite sport – baseball.

Our Hero: Natalia

BY Kadesha Washington

Natalia Famous is a 20-something, young adult living with sickle cell disease – a blood disorder that severely weakens the immune system. She was born with the disease and at the age of 10, she suffered a stroke.

Our Hero: Zoey

BY Kadesha Washington

Imagine being an outgoing 9-year old girl who loves fashion and enjoys playing with your siblings. Then, you learn that you have cancer. That’s precisely what happened to Zoey.

What’s In A Name?

BY Kadesha Washington

Stacy Kim and Kyle Okimoto, captains of Team GOAT, share how important the support of the Hope & Heroes Walk community (no matter how near or far) is to a patient’s journey. 

We Are Survivors

BY Kadesha Washington

In recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we have a deeply personal submission from Mary Magnani, a former patient at Columbia and a two-time cancer survivor. Mary’s story illustrates the challenges that childhood cancer survivors face as they grow into adulthood.

#BeTHEIRHero

BY Kadesha Washington

YOU can be a hero to local children and families fighting cancer and blood disorders, like sickle cell, and receiving treatment at Columbia University Medical Center. If you’re a Facebook user, help spread the word and raise money with a Facebook Fundraiser!

Rally for Medical Research

BY Kadesha Washington

Do you want to advocate for increasing funding & investment in medical research? Would you like to join thousands of advocates from across the country in meeting with key lawmakers and staffers on Capitol Hill? If so, join Columbia University Irving Medical Center in supporting the Rally for Medical Research Capitol Hill Day on Thursday,

The True Spirit of #GivingTuesday

BY Kadesha Washington

There is nothing better than giving back to others. And you don’t have to be a philanthropist or have a ton of money. You just have to be willing to give your creativity and your time to do something you’re passionate about. Everyone can make a difference.