Tag Archive: research heroes

May 12 2019

Making Time for Science: Meet Jaxson and Megan, Research Hero and Super Mom

by Nancy McCann

Editor’s Note: This occasional blog series features stories of CHOP research heroes who have participated in clinical research studies. Without the generosity and dedication of families, patients, and members of the public who take the time to be a part of research, many trials would not succeed.

The alarm rings annoyingly loud at 6:30 a.m. Megan Payne knows she must rise with that blaring beep, or else the day goes haywire. With five young children to monitor, mornings are a blur of making breakfasts, packing lunches, brushing hair, and searching for lost homework before four kids leave the house at different times to board different buses to attend different schools. Only her youngest, 3-year-old Jaxson, remains behind. Oh, and Megan works three jobs and is a college student studying Environmental Science. Whew.

Read the rest of this entry >>

Mar 29 2018

Heart to Heart: How the Readman Family Supports Cardiac Research

Two-year-old Jax Readman might not remember the two open heart surgeries he had at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for a complex cardiac defect, but his mom, Haley, looks forward to the day that she can share with Jax all of the positive, powerful, and pretty cool things the family has done to support heart research since his birth.

From the benefits they’ve hosted to support the CHOP Cardiac Center, to the galas attended to share their story for the March of Dimes, Jax will have no shortage of happy memories about how he and his family help to raise money and spread awareness for research into single ventricle heart defects.

Read the rest of this entry >>

Dec 27 2017

Our Most Read Stories of 2017 Bring Back the Wonder of Childhood

It was a big year for children’s health: We celebrated the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the world’s first chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T cell therapy this September, followed closely by approval of the very first gene therapy to treat inherited blindness this month — both of which have their roots at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania. But besides the big headline-making breakthroughs (brilliant as they are), we wanted to know what other stories captivated our readers in 2017.

Read the rest of this entry >>