Summer Scamper Patient Heroes

When you fundraise or donate through Summer Scamper, you bring care, comfort, and cures to children and families like these brave Patient Heroes.


Isabel, 13, Hillsborough

Children's Fund

“Isabel is an incredible source of inspiration in my life,” Isabel’s brother, Robert explains. “She goes through a half-dozen therapy sessions a week and is in a special needs program at school, but she doesn’t let that faze her and still finds a way to be happy and enjoy the opportunities she has.”

At 8 months old, neurologists at Packard Children’s diagnosed Isabel with a rare form of epilepsy called Infantile Spasms (IS). The seizure disorder primarily affects babies within their first year of life and is diagnosed in about 2,500 children throughout the US each year.

Read Isabel's story on our blog.



Jayden, 3 months, King City

Neonatology Research

Chrystian’s head was spinning. This was it!

Right in the middle of his birthday dinner, over “Happy Birthday” and his favorite Oreo cake, his fiancée, Cassandra, announced, “My water just broke.”

A month ahead of his due date, tiny baby Jayden arrived at their local hospital in King City, California. He was immediately surrounded by a concerned care team.

"When Jayden was born, we saw his chest heaving so fast,” recalls Chrystian. “I had never seen a chest expand and contract like that before. We knew something was wrong.”

Read Jayden's story on our blog.



Effy, 5, Salinas

Cancer Research

Two-year-old Effy’s mom and dad were helping her put on her pajamas before bed when they noticed a lump on her side.

“We went to the doctor who did blood work,” recalls Effy’s mom, Jennifer. “We then got a call from Packard Children’s that they wanted to see us. We felt confusion, denial, and fear as we drove to Palo Alto, unprepared for what was about to happen. We sat in an exam room while the doctors told us that our 2-year-old had leukemia.”

Read Effy's story on our blog.



Yali, Watsonville

Family Guidance and Bereavement Program

From the moment she was born, Yali had to fight. Her mom, Lladira, remembers that her tiny baby was constantly picking up colds and other viruses. But even in the midst of her illnesses, Yali was a bright, happy baby.

“It was a roller coaster between being sick and well. But when she felt better, she was my little explorer,” Lladira remembers. “She was always getting into things, and we loved that about her.”

Read their story on our blog.



Vivi, 1, Menlo Park

Transplant Research

Gabe and Miriam named their baby girl Viviana, meaning “full of life.”

But at 5 weeks old Vivi was diagnosed with biliary atresia--her liver was failing and her life was in danger.

At 5 months old, doctors performed exploratory surgery and ultimately determined Vivi’s liver couldn’t be saved. With Gabe’s liver as a match, Vivi came through her partial-organ transplant surgery at Packard Children’s, only to reject her new liver.

Read Vivi's story on our blog.



Samantha & Nicholas, 12 & 10, San Carlos

Food Allergy and Asthma Research

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Autism Research

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Pulmonary and Cystic Fibrosis Center

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Hana, 2, San Francisco

Betty Irene Moore Children's Heart Center

Around the time four-month-old Hana was celebrating her first Christmas, her cough began. At first it sounded like she was just clearing her throat. Over the next few weeks, her cough worsened to the point of gagging and even vomiting.

That’s when her parents, Kathleen and Paul, knew that this was not normal—they needed to see a specialist.

Read Hana's story on our blog.



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Hospital Employee

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