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2019-2020 Annual Report - September

Celebrating every win

Holston, age 6, celebrates finishing 700 days of chemotherapy treatment

Holston, age 6, celebrates finishing 700 days of chemotherapy treatment

Six-year-old Holston is no stranger to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Early in his life, he experienced some developmental delays with his motor and speech skills. At the young age of just 10 months, he began therapies at Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Center. By age four, his parents started to notice a decline in Holston’s health, so they brought him to Children’s Hospital for more tests. The results were what every parent fears: Holston was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, an aggressive type of childhood cancer.

Holston’s diagnosis kicked off what would become a 700-day treatment journey. For the next two years, Holston’s visits to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital touched many departments. Along with routine chemotherapies in the oncology department and several visits to the emergency department for high fevers, Holston has also undergone a surgery on his chemo port and spent 49 days in our pediatric intensive care unit (PICU).

“It’s nice to watch each doctor and nurse attend to him and us and offer their best care each visit,” says his mother, Mary Beth, when reflecting on the many faces she’s come to know at the hospital.

“This hospital is like a jigsaw puzzle of people who support us. God has shown blessing on this hospital to provide the staff that he does. The doctors, the nurses…even the ladies who keep our room clean. Those ladies always have said something uplifting or supportive during our stays.”

Because of donors like you, children like Holston receive the leading edge in healthcare, and they do so all under one roof. With your generous support, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is able to offer the best in multi-disciplinary pediatric healthcare, so families can stay local, stay together, and stay healthy. Your gift will help us accomplish our goal of providing state-of-the-art, family-centered care to children when they need it most.

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