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Our progress – and the progress of healthcare in our city and region – depends on the generosity of people like you. See the importance of your support to the patients and the families we help every day through these patient stories.

Jimmie Hill

Jimmie HillOver the course of a few years, Jimmie Hill began to lose his trademark energy. He was diagnosed with heart failure. Medication and treatments helped, but his health continued to decline. Dr. Andrew Sauer and Dr. Travis Abicht had a high-tech answer – an implantable device called a left ventricular assist device (LVAD). Read Jimmie's story.

“This meant a new chapter for Jimmie,” said Dr. Sauer.

Lana Blagg and Taylor McCord

Lana Blagg and Taylor McCordWhen Lana Blagg and Taylor McCord discovered they carried the faulty BRCA1 gene, the mother and daughter took proactive steps to prevent cancer. Read their story.

“For me, it was empowering to know that I could get a head start on protecting myself from cancer," said Taylor.


Seth Zegunis

Seth ZegunisSeth Zegunis was in pain during the last few weeks of the 2015 football season at Blue Valley Northwest High School. His coach, Mike Zegunis, also his father, consulted the school's head trainer, Christy Grimes, a member of The University of Kansas Health System's Sports Medicine & Performance Center. Everyone was surprised to learn a hip labral tear was causing the pain. Read Seth's story.

“I thought it was just growing pains," said Mike. "That's why I'm glad we have experts like Christy and The University of Kansas Hospital's sports medicine team."

Chris Frasco

Chris FrascoAfter a diagnosis of multiple myeloma, Christy Frasco moved forward with an aggressive series of treatments. Eventually, the targeted therapy stopped working and she chose to look for expertise outside of Wichita. She came to The University of Kansas Cancer Center where Joseph McGuirk, DO, offered a second opinion and collaborated with her physician in Wichita to treat her. Read Chris' story.

“As long as there is treatment for my disease, I'll do whatever it takes," Chris said.

Roxane Duncan

Roxane DuncanRoxane Duncan had suffered frequent seizures since she was 15 years old. As a result, she was never able to drive. After an innovative treatment at The University of Kansas Health System's Level 4 Epilepsy Center, Roxane didn't have a seizure for an entire year. Now, she has her license for freedom. Read Roxane's story.

“I finally feel free to cruise around and do the things I want to do," Roxane said. "I don't have to rely on others for every trip."

Damesha Seawood

Damesha SeawoodEight hours after a stroke, Damesha Seawood arrived at The University of Kansas Health System's Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center with a poor prognosis. Thanks to the professionals at the stroke center, two years later she can now walk, talk and drive. Read Damesha's story.

“Everyone was so nice about helping me and kept me informed about what was going on," Damesha said.


Jack McDonald

Jack McDonaldJack McDonald was fighting against the symptoms of Parkinson's disease – and he started looking for some answers. He found them at the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center, where it was suggested he receive deep brain stimulation. It's not a cure, but it does have the potential to relieve symptoms. Read Jack's story.

“It's given me and my family real hope for a better life," Jack said.