The Children

Below are short stories of some of the children that have been apart of our journey thanks in part to the generous support of our donors. Due to family privacy concerns, some stories are more detailed than others, including the addition of their child’s picture. We respect all decisions the family makes and encourage them to pursue the best interest of their children.
The Children

Shaniya

This is Shaniya! Shaniya and her family just moved to Texas in order to be closer to Children’s Health. Shaniya has Spinal Muscular Atrophy and has to make frequent trips

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Lailiah

Lailiah is an adorable 5-month-old twin who has been hospitalized since birth. She is hospitalized due to a history of hypertonia, developmental delay and swallowing problems that forces her to

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Ayden

This sharp dressed kid is Ayden! Ayden is 2 years old and has Autism and a chromosomal disorder. Thanks to our donors, The Extra Step Foundation was able to assist

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Brynnae

Brynnae is a new member of Children’s Health in Dallas, TX. She is 6 months old and is currently in the Complex Care Clinic for multiple medical needs. She has

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Lincoln

Lincoln is 4 months old and was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at birth. The family was in need of financial assistance for transportation to and from the hospital. The Extra

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Lupita

Lupita is a 14 year old young lady who was born with Downs Syndrome. In September of 2011 Lupita was diagnosed with leukemia and finished her treatment in December of

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Prescott

Prescott was diagnosed with Leukemia at a young age and immediately went into chemotherapy and  was cancer free until he relapsed 14 months later. Prescott is now having more aggressive

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Matthew and Johnson

Matthew (9 yrs) and Johnson (7 yrs) were both diagnosed with mitochondrial disease. While Matthew is more effected by the disease currently, Johnson is not far behind. Matthew is currently

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Jaiden

Jaiden is 5 months old and was born premature and has Down Syndrome along with multiple other medical issues. He has a Tracheostomy and a feeding tube, requires the assistance of a ventilator

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Luis

Luis is a 2 week old baby that went in on his second open heart surgery at just 16 days old. Luis’s family was from out of town and taking

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Francisco

Francisco is an oncology patient at Children’s Health and was one of the first patients. With school starting up for Francisco’s brothers, his mother was concerned with the boys not

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Jon

Jon is 2 years old and has Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (half a heart) and recently had his 3rd open heart surgery. Jon’s father is enlisted in the army and

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Cameron

Cameron was originally diagnosed with Pre-Cursor B Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in November of 2005 and underwent chemotherapy for 3 and 1/2 years. In 2009 he was diagnosed with testicular

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Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a beautiful 6 month-old little girl that has never been able to go home from the hospital. Following open heart surgery, her family has gone to great efforts

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Delaney

A single mother, Delaney’s mom was expecting a healthy baby girl. Shortly after her Delaney’s birth, mom learned Delaney had complex, congenital heart disease requiring open heart surgery. Delaney was

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The Extra Step Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit organization. Through our partnership with Children’s Health in Dallas, Texas, 100% of donations we receive go directly towards benefiting patients and their families at the hospital. Thank you for the support you bring to these deserving families!