Help Children with Painful, Life-limiting Disorders

Urological conditions can be painful, challenging to live with, emotionally devastating for children and families, and life-limiting.

As the first program of its kind in the nation, the Division of Urology at CHOP treats the most complex urology conditions in the world and is at the forefront of improving the lives of children with these disorders. Consistently ranked as one of the top programs in the country, CHOP has pioneered new techniques and treatment options. These innovations include complex surgeries to address a condition where the bladder is located outside the body at birth; the effective treatment of kidney and bladder tumors; and ways to decrease the frequency and pain of kidney stones.

The Division is at the forefront of cutting-edge breakthroughs that have improved care for children with a wide range of disorders, but much more remains to be done. Funds raised through Cheers for CHOP will advance critical research and empower our pediatric urologists to provide the most advanced care so our patients experience long-term quality of life.

Our Inspiration

Our patients are the reason why we started Cheers for CHOP — and why we continue to support the work of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s brilliant clinicians and researchers.

Bracken’s Story

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Bracken is the light of his parents’ lives. Born with bladder exstrophy, a complex and rare condition in which the bladder is located outside of the body, Bracken faced significant challenges. Just 12 days after birth, Bracken underwent a delicate reconstructive surgery performed by a team of urologic and orthopaedic surgeons. His family found help and healing at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Division of Urology.

Maddie’s Story

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Maddie was a busy high school junior when an unrelated medical issue led to a diagnosis of hydronephrosis —chronic kidney disease. The condition was caused by an obstruction leading to the kidney which was likely there since birth but went undetected. Maddie’s right kidney had become so enlarged it stretched from beneath her right arm to her pelvis. She underwent a minimally invasive, seven-hour surgery to remove her kidney and clear the obstruction. She is now back to her active lifestyle.

Farrah’s Story

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Farrah was hospitalized five times with infections, high fevers, stomach pain and nausea at age 10. The cause of her ailments was a mystery until her parents took her to see doctors at CHOP’s Pediatric Kidney Stone Center, which was created in 2008 to care for children with kidney stones and conduct research to find better treatments and prevention strategies. Members of the Stone Center team performed minimally invasive surgery to remove Farrah’s kidney stones. They are working to understand the cause of her kidney stones so they can find the best ways to prevent them.

Everett’s Story

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Everett was born with an extra valve in his urethra, as well as a cyst, which resulted in a buildup that caused his kidneys to become enlarged. He underwent surgery to remove the extra valve in his urethra at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and is now a happy 2-year-old. His kidneys and bladder are healthy and functioning to their full potential. “We owe everything to the nurses and doctors at CHOP for their quick action and expertise,” says Everett’s mom, Michaela. “They saved our son’s life.”

About Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Every day, teams at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia make breakthroughs that transform children’s lives. Since our founding in 1855 as the nation’s first children’s hospital, we have made extraordinary discoveries, trained generations of leaders, and advocated for children everywhere. Our pediatric research program, one of the largest in the country, has set a new standard for scientific innovation around the world. As a nonprofit charitable organization, we rely on the generous support of donors who are inspired by our work — and our mission.