Niswonger Children’s Stories

Ellee Portrait, smiling with red flower bow


Acute lymphoblastic leukemia – Abingdon, Virginia

In January 2017, 5-year-old Ellee's journey started with excruciating leg pain and a visit to Niswonger Children’s Hospital’s emergency room. Within a few hours, she was admitted and diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, then flown to Memphis two days later. 

Read Ellee’s story here.


Arimina portrait, full body, clapping with smile


Down syndrome, acute lymphoblastic leukemia – Grainger County, Tennessee

Named after her great grandmother, Arimina (Air-ah-mine-ah) is a little girl who is as special — and as strong — as her name, which means “soldier.” Born with Down syndrome and now diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, Arimina and her family have bravely faced some tough times.

Read Arimina's story here.


Ayden and Ava portrait, full body, smiling

Ayden and Ava

NICU family care – Johnson City, Tennessee

Kim didn’t expect to go into labor three months before her due date, which meant she would spend the rest of her pregnancy in the hospital. Of course, she didn’t expect her babies to be born two months early weighing less than 3 pounds, and she certainly didn’t expect to have a hysterectomy following a C-section.

Read Ayden and Ava's story here.