The Mighty Blog features stories from around Children’s Minnesota, as well as health and wellness information for raising healthy kids.

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Saber que tenía un gran futuro por delante le dio a Marielena la fortaleza y determinación para vencer la leucemia

Marielena nunca olvidará el día cuando, a los 15 años de edad, recibió la noticia de que tenía leucemia. Gracias a la dedicación de su equipo de atención y a su fortaleza, Marielena tiene un gran futuro por delante.

Securian Financial donates $1 million to Children’s Minnesota for new inpatient mental health unit

The 22-bed unit at the health system’s St. Paul hospital is expected to serve kids and teens beginning in the fall. Securian Financial’s principal gift is the first corporate commitment to the mental health program at Children’s Minnesota.

Program therapist lead shares her experience at Children’s Minnesota

Rebecca Shore, program therapist lead at Children's Minnesota, is sharing all of her favorite things about working here.

How to talk to kids about vaping

Dr. Brooke Moore, MPH, pediatric pulmonologist at Children's Respiratory and Critical Care Specialists, medical director for respiratory therapy and medical director for the cystic fibrosis program at Children's Minnesota, talks about understanding vaping as parents, caregivers and adults.

Marielena’s vision for her future strengthens her determination to overcome leukemia

Marielena will never forget the day she found out she had leukemia. It was May 23, 2019 – she was 15 years old. The years that followed have been full of adversity – long hospital stays, cancer treatments, a coma, learning to walk again and now dealing with the side effects of treatment. But through it all Marielena found strength in knowing she had a great future ahead of her.

Work Here Wednesday: We’re hiring respiratory therapists!

Multiple shifts open! Children’s Minnesota is hiring respiratory therapists.

From heart transplant to throwing the first pitch: TJ’s heart journey

The first sign something could be going on with 17-year-old TJ's health came in Spring 2022. He was diagnosed with a rare heart condition and doctors determined the only way he could heal was with a heart transplant.

COVID-19 booster targeting new variants approved by CDC for kids 12+

The new booster will help protect you from the most severe symptoms of the original virus, plus provide increased protection against the current omicron variant that is circulating in the community.

Clinic assistant shares his nine-year career experience at Children’s Minnesota

Nathaniel Kling, clinic assistant, has been working at Children’s Minnesota for 9 years. He is sharing all his favorite things about his career below.

Waiting for heart transplants, Maddy and Rinken form sister-like bond

Maddy and Rinken are almost inseparable. The two girls have such a special bond you'd think they were sisters. However, they only met for the first time a few months ago. What brought them together is as unique as their bond: they are both waiting for one thing – a new heart.