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Holly was just starting Kindergarten when the test results came in.

“They told us to pack up and get to the hospital right away,” remembers her mom, Amy.

At Sanford Children’s, Holly was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer. The sweet 5-year-old immediately started months of chemotherapy and radiation, with long hospital stays and painful side effects.  

It is heartbreaking to think of any child going through all of this. But it also makes Holly's mom, Amy, so thankful for generous donors. Because donors give, local kids like Holly can receive extraordinary care, close to home, in a world that’s just for them.

At the Castle of Care, gifts help fund everything from major lifesaving equipment to meaningful details that keep kids smiling through the toughest treatments. These are just a few of many examples: 

  • Freddie, a cheerful firetruck who doubles as a portable X-ray machine
  • A pediatric CT scanner decorated like an undersea adventure, putting kids at ease and limiting radiation exposure
  • Research grants to accelerate more effective, gentler treatments
  • Child Life and spiritual care services for the entire family
  • On-site school tutors who work with local schools to keep kids on track
  • Financial assistance to help families with meals, mileage, lodging and other costs not covered by insurance
  • Child-sized chemotherapy chairs
  • Playrooms filled with toys, games, books and cozy furniture

Thanks to expert care and the generosity of donors, Holly is now cancer-free. She dreams of becoming a nurse someday…to help care for sick kids.