Molly's Kids

Molly’s Kids: Ally’s stem cell transplant update

Ally is waiting for a scan of everything, from her head to sinuses, heart, lungs, all the way down to her kidneys. Later this month she’ll be back at Levine Children’s for 8 straight days of high-dose chemotherapy. She has also been getting her stem cells harvested, for a stem cell transplant that w

Molly’s Kids: Colin’s last day of treatment!

Molly’s Kids: Luke Hamilton in Lancaster County, has lupus

Molly’s Kids: Aurora Jayne has a syndrome you probably can’t pronounce

Molly’s Kids: Leland Christman - great news!

Molly’s Kids: Shhhhh!! No one has seen this picture of Ally Davis yet in her gown

Molly’s Kids: #TakesMyBreathAway 2019

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Molly’s Kids: World Rare Disease Day is February 28th

Molly’s Kids: Ally Davis relapses with her cancer battle

Molly’s Kids: Yet another case of the rare Ehlers Danlos in our area...

Molly’s Kids: New local charity to help kids born with terminal illnesses in spirit of sweet girl

Molly’s Kids: Hickory’s Miracle Child, Gabriel Revis, is 4 years old!

Molly’s Kids: Granite Falls teen Allison Hodge dies of Leukemia.

Molly’s Kids: Allie sees JT

Allie McDaniels had a blast Sunday night in Raleigh with JT.

Molly’s Kids: Elizabeth Brooks, still in treatment but no longer needs to travel to St. Jude

Interesting update from 16-year-old Elizabeth Brooks.

  The best Christmas party in Charlotte Friday happened right in our WBTV News building!

As a special gift for these families, Chanda Pope of Photography By Chanda based out of Huntersville, comes and takes hundreds of photos, then donates all the pictures to the families.

Molly’s Kids: Ethan Parlier loses his battle with Ewing’s sarcoma

You know we tell the good, the bad and the always real. This one is tough. Email from Ethan Parlier’s mom, one of our September #MollysKids this year.

Molly’s Kids: Jayden Burris lives with Albinism. Never heard of it? Read on

Molly Kids: 1-year-old Patience Bradley lives with a rare birth defect; her mom is looking to connect with others

Molly’s Kids: Meet Jase. A 3-month-old fighter in Clover, SC.

Molly’s Kids: Concord 5-year-old doing great after brain surgery

Molly’s Kids: Born at 1lb, Jorien Howell is now 13-years-old and beating odds

12-year-old Seattle Seahawks fan has a blast at Panthers game; tickets donated to #MollysKids

Molly’s Kids: See Gracy Nelson in the Thanksgiving Day Parade later today

It was a year ago this week when this spunky wheelchair-bound basketball player who lives in Lenoir first became part of #MollysKids.

Molly’s Kids: An unlikely friendship in Concord

This video shows an unlikely friendship, that's a great story.

Molly’s Kids: Christopher Teems doing well; waits of MRI

Christopher is 7-years old. He lives in Stanley with his 70-year-old grandmother and has DIPG, the nastiest of nasty incurable brain tumors.

10-year-old girl teaches neighborly love, while having secret of her own

In what goes above and beyond being just a good neighbor, Kennedy has taken it upon herself to research what Abigail lives with and goes through on a daily basis.

Molly’s Kids: Meet 8-year-old Andrew Higgins

Andrew Higgins, 8, who enjoys video games, writing stories, and comics was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Molly’s Kids: Baby Khailini... Learning to live with Down Syndrome

Molly's Kids: Baby Khailini... Learning to live with Down Syndrome

Molly’s Kids: Thanks to Charlotte firefighter, #MollysKids at Panthers game today

Mia -- a student in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools -- organized a presentation for her elementary school about Hunters Syndrome.

Molly’s Kids: Emmalee Speigle, a ‘social butterfly’ overcoming obstacles

Here's 10-year-old Emmalee Speigle. She's showing the world that an "illness" doesn't define you.

Molly’s Kids: Meet Kalel DaMan Joseph

But here’s the good news: The families who have little boys living with this rare disease are a ferocious bunch. They’re mobilized and are on a mission to raise $2.5-million.

  Molly’s Kids: The Rock Is Invited to this NC Wedding...

The Rock is invited to this NC wedding

Molly’s Kids: October is Dwarfism Awareness Month. Meet Mason Coffey.

"He has the heart of a servant and is story is worth sharing," Neal said.

26-year-old pregnant Gaston County woman fighting for her life

While at church in Stanley, Savanna suffered a major brain bleed.

New 2019 Charlotte Childhood Cancer Calendar

Creator Marianna Furrer reached out because several #MollysKids are featured. She says she takes pictures “as a hobby” and has a daughter who battled Stage 3 Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Molly’s Kids: Brooke’s Roundup, this Saturday, October 20th

Brooke Cockerline's memory will live strong this weekend.

Remembering Jace Thompson in candlelight vigil

Jace was the first child we featured with our September #MollysKids. He’d been in a tough battle with DIPG.

September 30 >> Prayers for Elijah

Elijah Aschbrenner was only 9 years old when diagnosed with Epithelioid Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer.

September 28 » Taking matters into her own hands

Mother Rae Copp created a support group on Facebook for parents and guardians with a child who is battling pediatric cancer.

SEPTEMBER 27th >> Best Buddies

Parker is now 10-years old and in the fifth grade at Ida Rankin Elementary School in Mount Holly. He still talks about Lance.

September 26th >> Football Kicker Dedicates Season to Kids

Isaac Riffle kicks for cancer. Sept. 26 Molly's Kid.

September 25th » Hickory Hats

A knit hat worn on Liliane Burge was made by a group of elementary school students in Hickory.

  SEPTEMBER 24 >> Tiny Princess in a Big-Hearted Town

This is the sweet girl who we surprised over the summer with a Minnie Mouse meet-and-greet. If you don’t remember that, a link to the video is at the bottom of this post.

SEPTEMBER 23 >> Christopher Teems (#MollysKids)

Oh, this breaks a heart. 7-year-old Christopher Teems is yet another one of our #MollysKids this month living with DIPG.

September 22nd >> Isabella. First Name Only.

Isabella Santos had an orphan cancer with 40% chance of survival, was diagnosed at the age of two, relapsed five times in five years and ultimately died at 7 years old.

  September 21 >> Alex Bogran/Coffee (#MollysKids)

Alex’s journey led the family to launch a foundation and an online coffee shop.

September 20 >> Rainbow Camp (#MollysKids)

Iredell County's Camp Rainbow helps kids learn to grieve. All the campers have lost a loved one, and all attend for free.

September 19 » Can’t wait to get home

Lilyanna is an itty-bitty little thing taking strong poisons to kill her cancer. Since our most recent update on her in March, she’s received 19 rounds of proton radiation, 5 rounds of busulfan chemo, several oral medications AND a bone marrow transplant.

September 18th » Firefighter John

So he’s 22. Not exactly a “kid”. But after getting diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma late last year – a rare bone cancer most common in children and young adults – John Latham has had a rough go of it.

  September 17 » You’ve come a long way, baby

#MollysKids Greyson Stephens is battling Ewing Sarcoma and was the youngest person ever to receive a hemiglossectomy.

September 16 >> Old School Panthers & Zach Ramsey (#MollysKids)

Molly's Kids: Sept. 16- Zach Ramsey

September 15 >> Getting Ready for a Gala

The Storybook Gala will be held on September 22 at The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.

September 14 >> One in Remission and Another?

Ivy and Aubree have a large family, six kids under the age of 10, and they’ve all been celebrating Ivy while also starting to gain concern for Aubree.

September 13 >> TJ Anderson golf tournament (#MollysKids)

Storm is coming. Yes. But it's still "30 Kids. 30 Stories. 30 Days." and today we're talking about this photo of TJ Anderson and his dad Travis. It makes you want to grab your own kids.

September 12 >> Easy as 1-2-3...

Pediatric cancer is not easy… but sharing this list is.

#Molly’s Kids: Kaylee Pennell

Molly's Kids focuses on Kaylee Pennell and her 11 months of being cancer-free!

#MollysKids: September 10th Pillows and Books

Retired teacher Margaret Hayes has been handmaking pillows for #MollysKids for a couple years. She said she read about the September push to help kids with pediatric cancer and got a crazy idea.

#Molly’s Kids: September 9th- Colin’s Surgery

Molly's Kids feature for September 9th- Colin Case

#MollysKids: Michelle Tester September 8th

At 25 years old, Michelle Tester is not a “kid.” But this Lenoir woman was diagnosed with a pediatric cancer that has ripped her life apart and being that our goal is to feature pediatric cancers in September, her story is worth sharing.

SEPTEMBER 7th >> Action? You want ACTION? (#MollysKids)

Awareness is nice, ACTION is what gets things done.

September 6: Gentle Giant heads to heaven

There is no easy way to say what must be said next, so I’ll just say it: Michael died two days ago. His mom, Laura, knew Michael was going to be our September story for today, September 6th.

Molly's Kids: Daughter of CMPD officer with neurological disorder

The neurological disorder she has is related to spina bifida, and limited movement in her spinal cord at birth.

Molly's Kids: Ever heard of Klippel-Feil Syndrome Awareness Day? It's today.

Born to a homeless woman addicted to meth, Dee was adopted at birth by Janey Lawson. Since then, life has been a nonstop medical battle for this soon-to-be 4th grader from Lenoir.

  Molly's Kids: Surprise! Mackenzie Meets Minnie WBTV News

Mackenzie is battling DIPG, a nasty brain tumor, but she got to meet her Disney hero in our WBTV News lobby.

Molly’s Kids: Tourette Syndrome. Educate yourself for this 10-year-old boy.

Christian can't control what his body does. He makes "tick" noises.

Molly's Kids: Hunter Tindal, now part of the Naked Neck Club

Hunter is also now ventilator-free, and his diaphragm that was once paralyzed is functioning at 100 percent.

Molly's Kids: 5-year-old Charlotte girl honors the rescuers who saved her life

It starts four years ago when Lauren Hawking was only a year old. She went into cardiac arrest and her mom Anne called 911. Police officers and medics arrived and resuscitated her.

Molly's Kids: Victory Lane Indoor Karting for Hickory's Ty Yelton

July 4th. Slow newsroom. Gives me time to relay this quick update on Ty Yelton. We first met Ty as one of our new amazing #MollysKids last week. Since then, this Hickory 11 year old has had some good things happen.

Molly's Kids: Mackenzie Lynn Barron. Three years old. DIPG. Not fair.

Mackenzie Lynn Barron, 3, (from Omaha, NE but recently moved to Indian Land, SC) fell and hit her head so hard back in April, her parents had to take her to the emergency room.

Molly's Kids: 5-year-old Anna Elder, battling Rett Syndrome, doing great!

"The beach is one of Anna's favorite places to be. The bigger the waves, the bigger her smile."

Do you want your child featured in #MollysKids for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month?

There are too many kids battling. There should be a cure.

Molly's Kids: Michael Taylor, the gentle giant from Gastonia

Michael Taylor, 18, is described as a "gentle giant" from Gastonia. Loves hanging with friends, has a passion for sports and is a recent graduate of Piedmont Community Charter.

Meet the newest one of our amazing #MollysKids, Ty Yelton in Hickory

Ty's life isn't exactly like that of other kids. His dad says he has hemiplegic cerebral palsy, multiple types of seizures, ADHD and anxiety disorde

Molly's Kids: Lenoir 7-year-old fighting goes to Disney

Noah, who lives in Lenoir, has been battling rough infections. He'll continue chemo until March.

Molly's Kids: Happy Birthday 3-year-old Carson Rivers of Gaston County

"This journey has been difficult. But I love watching him grow up. He is an inspiration."

Molly's Kids: Only $750,000 to go!

Congrats, Finn and family, and thank you Mark. These many baby steps are equaling big ones.

Molly’s Kids: Aubrey Bridges graduates college (she took Steve Smith to prom!)

Aubrey Bridges, the North Gaston HS graduate who took former NFL star Steve Smith to her prom, graduated from Winthrop Think College Program this weekend.

#MollysKids: Zach Casillo on his way to Philadelphia

Zach Casillo is on his way to Philadelphia. The picture on the left is when we facetimed 14-year-old Zach into the Dream On 3 gala in January... he was supposed to be there in person but was too sick to come. Doctors orders. So we last-minute navigated a way to bring him into the ballroom, through technology.