Kya Simpson-Freeman, 4, looks on from her hospital bed as she undergoes another round of chemotherapy for stage four neuroblastoma at Rush University Medical Center. Of the 300 neuroblastomas diagnosed nation-wide each year, Rush University sees about three cases - but clinicians couldn't recall ever having a patient hospitalized for so long. From the beginning of the treatment for Kya, they faced a daunting task: Stomping out the tumor, while not crushing the spirit of a little girl who had to essentially live in the hospital for six months. From January to June, the staff - physicians to housekeepers - dedicated themselves to keeping the rhythms of ordinary life in extraordinary circumstances. Playing "Candyland" and "Connect 4" became as much a part of the treatment plan as ultrasounds and IVs. Kya died in August. >>For more on Kya, go here to read her story.
William DeShazer, Chicago Tribune