Exciting medical advances and inspiring patient stories are happening every day at YNHH because of you! Spotlight is designed to keep you up-to-date on how your support is touching the lives of our patients and their families. Without help from friends like you, these stories would not be possible. Thank you!
Rescued from a Ticking Time Bomb
Thanks to your generosity, Elizabeth was rescued from “the silent killer”! Three random strokes of luck saved Elizabeth from the time bomb that was ticking away inside her chest.
Meet Ryan: Published Author and Philanthropist
At eight years old, Ryan created a book last year called Why Feelings Matter (and Understanding Them).
Theo’s terrifying journey
From healthy to unthinkable … and back again. Theo was diagnosed with RSV. When he took a turn for the worse, he was transported to Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital (YNHCH) pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) by SkyHealth. Today, thankfully, Theo is healthy, happy and thriving.
The new normal: stretched thin in the PICU
The worst of last fall’s unprecedented respiratory viral season — with COVID-19, RSV, and flu converging — is over. But the surge of patients, and the resulting pressure on the PICU staff, is not. Our nurses never quit when caring for our youngest, sickest patients. Today, they need your help.
Lindsay’s Legacy Foundation
Lindsay’s mom Carla and sister Stephanie lost their precious Lindsay but found a passion to help others by creating Lindsay’s Legacy Foundation – bringing hope, research, and healing to cancer patients.
From Cancer diagnosis to cycling 65 miles
Thanks to your generosity, Denise is cancer free! Denise was diagnosed with endometrial cancer, and with your help, she has reached her five year mark and rides Closer to Free.
Luke is a superhero
After 5 year old Luke was diagnosed with cancer, his father Joe set up an online fundraising web page to support the Child Life team in their work to help pediatric cancer patients and their families get through the worst time in their lives. Luke made it through his treatment with flying colors and has been cancer free for nine months.
A perfect match – Diana and John share life, love, and kidneys
You gave John a second chance at life! Thank you, donors! Thanks to your support, Diana discovered she was the one person in thousands who could save her husband’s life.
Motorcycles and hats bring joy to kids with cancer
When 23-year-old Donald Perrotti lost his battle with cancer in 1998, his heartbroken family wanted to keep his spirit alive. That’s why Donald’s mother, Roe, and her close-as-family, lifelong best friend, Gale, created Don’s Hat Rack in 1999.
Born with a life-threatening heart defect
Your generosity put Reid on the long road to health. Thanks to you, Reid sleeps peacefully after open heart surgery six years ago. Watching over him is a special bear with a “zipper scar” that opens up to show a little mended heart.
A story of love, friendship, and a racy sports car
Just over 60 years ago, when he was only five, Rob Blum became the very first child to have open heart surgery at the Hospital of St. Raphael — now Yale New Haven Hospital St. Raphael Campus.
“More miracles CAN happen. That’s why I ride.”
Steve says it’s a miracle that he can ride for Closer to Free. You made it possible. He was 50 years old in 2016, with a wife and 13-year-old daughter, when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It was already stage IV before it was discovered.
Your generosity is making cancer less scary for more people
If you or someone you love has ever received a cancer diagnosis, you know that one of the most frightening things in the world is the prospect of chemotherapy.
16-year-old Luke McQuillan knows how to make things better for kids with cancer
Luke, a brain cancer survivor, has raised in the past five years more than $100,000 to help kids with cancer get through the toughest time in their lives. Luke you are amazing!
Running for her life
Thanks to you, just one month after a liver transplant, Caitlin took her first walk outside. Daughter Reagan and canine cheerleader Charley are so grateful.
Teen turns tragedy into treasure
Matthew’s journey from raising funds for cancer research to fighting his own cancer battle — and back again.
Christopher beat COVID-19, even as he battled leukemia
CHRISTOPHER HAS HAD LEUKEMIA since age five — so his immune system is weaker than most. Now 15, Christopher has already grappled with more health challenges than most of us will face in our lifetimes.
Frying and baking their way through the pandemic to fight breast cancer
On MARCH 19, 2020, Maria Warner gathered all the ingredients she would need to make Nutella ice cream. Then, she taped her phone to an olive oil bottle, grabbed her son, and launched Facebook Live.
And just like that, two cooking stars were born.
Because of you, Carlos survived
In February of 2020, Carlos Yanza Salinas, 45, had his annual physical. All the routine tests were normal, and his doctor told him he didn’t have a thing to worry about. Just a few weeks later, he was on a ventilator, fighting for his life.
Report from the Front Lines
Fighting COVID-19 at YNHH. For Nate and his collegues – interns and experienced physicians alike – there was so much that wasn’t known. Most of them had never dealt with a pandemic virus before.
Post-Covid-19 Recovery Program
Thank you for helping open a clinic for COVID “Long haulers”. Some COVID-19 survivors have symptoms that won’t go away. The Post-COVID-19 Recovery Program at YNHH’s Winchester Chest Clinic helps patients with persistent symptoms.
Our New President
Before taking on his new role in October, Keith Churchwell, MD, served as chief operating officer and executive vice president for YNHH. “Our donors are our partners in everything we do at YNHH. That’s why I’m delighted to have this chance to introduce myself to you.”
How Amanda beat Cancer
Amanda had five different cancer diagnoses before the age of 30. But thanks to your generosity, at age 33, Amanda is living an incredibly full and meaningful life.
A Room of Their Own
Read how the Lauren Telesz/Smilow Teen Center helps kids with cancer fight loneliness and isolation
Kamryn’s Amazing Story!
Doctor’s couldn’t promise he’d make it…But today, because of you, Kamryn is a thriving eight month old!
Proof that Vegetables are Good for You!