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Patient Stories

All of our patients are special, and each one fights their own unique battle. Here are just a few of their stories of resilience and courage.


Michelle's Story

Michelle's Story
Michelle never imagined she would be sitting across from a doctor hearing them say “you have cancer.” At 14 years old, the Sevier County native and five-time athlete found her active lifestyle suddenly evaporating. The initial MRI scan of her knee showed nothing serious, but when the technician decided to run another scan on Michelle’s full leg, what they found saved Michelle’s life...

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Anna's Story

Anna MartinAnna Martin was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 10. After two years of chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant, and lots of love and support from her family and physicians, Anna is now cancer free.

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Taylor's Story

Taylor BensonIn March 2010, Taylor Benson had very swollen lymph nodes in his neck. His pediatrician thought it was an infection and referred him to Children's Hospital. After some testing, Taylor was diagnosed with leukemia in June when he was 3 years old.

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Averi's Story

Averi's StoryTen-year-old Averi Ramsey is an active fifth-grade girl. She loves to play basketball, soccer and softball. However, sports weren't always part of her daily life. Averi was 7 years old when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

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Battling Sickle Cell: Bryan's Story

Bryan's StoryBryan is battling sickle-cell disease but that hasn't stopped him from bouncing around like a ball of energy with a huge smile on his face.

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