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

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Oliver kicks cancer: Shine Bright for Cancer Kids story

Oliver is a sweet, thoughtful 5-year-old boy. He was born with Down syndrome, but doesn’t let that slow him down. In 2019, when he was only 4 years old, Oliver received bad news – he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Read his story here.

Children’s Minnesota pharmacogenomics program helps find safer medications for patients

Learn more about the Children’s Minnesota pharmacogenomics program and how it helps find safer medications for patients.

AFM: What is it and how can I prevent my child from getting it?

We talked with Dr. Farah Cassis-Ghavami, pediatric infectious diseases and HIV specialist at Children’s Minnesota, about AFM—what are the symptoms parents should watch for, how kids get it and how parents can prevent it.

Emergency care during COVID-19: Ben’s story

Years after receiving care at Children's Minnesota for a traumatic brain injury, Ben has a second neurosurgery. Read his story of recovery.

Supporting transgender and gender-diverse youth going back to school

The start of the school year is bringing on many mixed emotions for students, especially for transgender and gender diverse youth. Learn how you can support them as they go back to school, whether they go back virtually or in-person.

You’re invited to take HealthySteps with Children’s Minnesota

HealthySteps is a national program that helps parents get the support they need during the early years of their child’s life. It promotes health, well-being and school readiness for babies and toddlers.

Six simple ways to prevent drowning

Read six simple tips from the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) and Children’s Minnesota on how to prevent drownings this summer.

Back to school concerns: COVID-19 and asthma

The recommendation for the administration of asthma medication has changed during the pandemic so, we talked with Dr. Gigi Chawla, chief of general pediatrics at Children’s Minnesota, which has one of the top pulmonology programs in the country according to U.S. News and World Report.

Connecting during a pandemic: Midwest Fetal Care Center reunion goes virtual

The first two years of the Midwest Fetal Care Center reunions were dedicated to the Spina Bifida families, but in 2020 it expanded to include all Midwest Fetal Care Center families. Read about how families bond together for the 2020 virtual reunion.

Dr. Bendel learns the value of virtual care through COVID-19

The hematology-oncology team has added virtual care visits to their care plans. Learn how the team has been able to offer exceptional care virtually.