When Elaina was born with sickle cell anemia, she faced a long list of painful complications that included possible stroke. Along came her younger brother, and the Stockton-based family discovered he was a perfect match for a bone marrow stem cell transplant to cure Elaina's symptoms. They spent six months at Family House so two-year old Rusty could save Elaina's life.
While at Family House, Elaina and Rusty participated in arts and crafts and game nights, and their parents were able to be in community with other families who understood what they were going through. Elaina was also our first patient since the pandemic to make a movie with BayKids Studios, a partner organization that brings cinematic arts to sick kids.