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2014 Cares for Kids Radiothon

See the kids and families that shared their inspiring stories during our 2014 Cares for Kids Radiothon for The Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center #beBRAVEalbany

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    Chase Foley. Chase is 2-years-old. In October of 2010, Chase was diagnosed with Infantile Leukemia, which is very rarely seen and very dangerous. Chase's parents, Liz and Chris, were told the odds of his survival were not very good.
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    photo: Rich Becker/Albany Medical Center
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    Christopher Titolo. Christopher is a 6th grader at Farnsworth Middle School in Guilderland. One morning, he told his mom he didn't feel well enough to go to school. He complained of a headache and started vomiting. The headaches continued through the fall of 2011 - after a severe headache, a doctor ordered an MRI.
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    photo: Rich Becker/Albany Medical Center
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    Collin Penn
    photo: Rich Becker/Albany Medical Center
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    Dr. Anne Nepo. Dr. Nepo is a member of the pediatric cancer team at the Melodies, one of five specialists which includes specially trained nurses. Dr. Nepo has been with the team since 2006, a pediatric oncologist/hematologist for more than 30 years.
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    photo: Rich Becker/Albany Medical Center
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    Faith Irons. Faith's mother, Michelle, had a condition (Rh sensitization) causing the antibodies in her blood to attack her baby's (Faith) red blood cells. The transfusion she needed was extremely technical, difficult and risky to perform. It required a transfusion performed by needle through the womb and into the umbilical cord.
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    photo: Rich Becker/Albany Medical Center
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    Gabe Donovan. Gabe has neurofibromatosis (NF), he was diagnosed at 6 months. This disease produces tumors in his Central Nervous System - for which there is no cure.
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    photo: Rich Becker/Albany Medical Center
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    Isabella Bruno. GHours after Isabella's birth she was diagnosed with Stage 4s Neuroblastoma, a rare cancer that strikes infants.
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    photo: Rich Becker/Albany Medical Center
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    Joey Slichko. Joey's heart issue was detected when he was about 20 weeks old. His initial diagnosis was "transposition of the great arteries", meaning that his aorta and great artery were in the wrong place.
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    photo: Rich Becker/Albany Medical Center
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    Jon Paul (JP). Jon Paul was born at Albany Med on March 13, 2012 - at 25 weeks, weighing just over a pound. His mother Michelle was transferred to Albany Med from Bellevue three days before his birth due to pre-term labor.
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    photo: Rich Becker/Albany Medical Center
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    Keaton McGivney. Keaton is a beautiful, expressive 18-month-old who was born with severe heart disease.
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    photo: Rich Becker/Albany Medical Center
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    Kelly O'Brien. In December of 2010, Kelly was diagnosed with AML - a very aggressive for of Leukemia which required an even more aggressive form of treatment.
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    photo: Rich Becker/Albany Medical Center
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    Lewie Perkinson. Lewie was a healthy 16-year-old, who loved playing basketball and baseball.
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    photo: Rich Becker/Albany Medical Center
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    Lexi Gurka. While playing with the family dog, Lexi's mom noticed bruising on her arm in November. The initial diagnosis was a bad infection. Later on, a biopsy of the cells showed a malignant cancer.
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    photo: Rich Becker/Albany Medical Center
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    Austin Maiello. At 10 days old, Austin breathing was extremely heavy. His parents rushed him to an urgent care center that sent him by ambulance to Albany Med.
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    photo: Rich Becker/Albany Medical Center
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    Regina McGuire. When Regina was 6, her parents were concerned because she was pale and had some bruises on her legs. After blood work at Albany Med, Regina was diagnosed with SAA, a rare autoimmune disease where her T-cells attack stem cells in the bone marrow.
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    photo: Rich Becker/Albany Medical Center
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    Sakeenah Coleman. Sakeenah was diagnosed with Leukemia when she was 11-years-old. This past January, she was declared in remission.
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    photo: Rich Becker/Albany Medical Center
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    Sammie Sagnelli. At 9 years old, Sammie was diagnosed with Birkett's lymphoma. Today, Sammie is 14.
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    photo: Rich Becker/Albany Medical Center
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    Southpaw answering the phones!
    photo: Rich Becker/Albany Medical Center
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    Sydney Reichert. Sydney was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at two weeks old. "I wasn't gaining weight, I was sick." The doctors administered a sweat test and the results came back positive for CF.
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    photo: Rich Becker/Albany Medical Center
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    The Hula Family. Roman was born 8 lbs., 15.5oz and 23 inches. Moments after the umbilical cord was cut, he turned blue. Within an hour, he was airlifted to Albany Med's NICU.
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    photo: Rich Becker/Albany Medical Center
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    Meet Zach Swart. At six-and-a-half-years-old, Zach had some unusual bruises on his arm. His family took him to the doctor and he was sent to Albany Med where he underwent some advance tests.
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    photo: Rich Becker/Albany Medical Center