Charlotte’s Story

Little Charlotte, or Charlee, as her family calls her, was only 13 months old when she was diagnosed with a Wilms’ tumor, a cancerous tumor of the kidney. The tumor was the size of a small cantaloupe and it crushed her left kidney. Charlotte underwent surgery for the removal of both the tumor and her kidney.

For a little while things were looking good. But as soon as her family began to breathe easier, Charlotte relapsed. This time, a tumor was found in her lungs. Subsequently, Charlotte received a total of 24 chemotherapy treatments as well as radiation.

Each year, more than 150 patients are diagnosed with cancer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Annually, inpatient admissions and outpatient visits exceed 13,000 in total. We offer world-class diagnostic, treatment and research facilities that provide comprehensive, multi-disciplinary care for patients with cancer and acute and chronic blood disorders. Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is the largest facility of its kind in Ohio and one of the largest in the United States.

“They gave excellent care to Charlee when she was diagnosed and the multiple times we were admitted. They gave us everything we needed as a family. Charlee was never scared to get treatment. The nurses, doctors, and staff made us feel welcome and comfortable. Money could never repay what they did for us and how they saved Charlee’s life,” says her mom, Brittany.

This past December, Charlee celebrated one year of being cancer and chemotherapy free. Today, she is a very smart and active three year old. She loves animals, running around playing hide and seek, playing house, dressing up, and playing Barbie dolls with her older sister, Cadence. The only thing she doesn’t really like is getting her hair brushed. She’s still getting used to that. But you can bet she will have her hair fixed up pretty and will make Barbie proud as she laughs and cheers for the participants who come through her mile, because she knows they are helping Nationwide Children’s help kids like her everywhere.

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  • Name: Charlotte B.Charlotte Baker
  • Condition(s): Wilms’ Tumor
  • Age at Treatment: 3 years
  • Age Today: 01/05/20127 Years

Little Charlotte, or Charlee, as her family calls her, was only 13 months old when she was diagnosed with a Wilms’ tumor, a cancerous tumor of the kidney. The tumor was the size of a small cantaloupe and it crushed her left kidney. Charlotte underwent surgery for the removal of both the tumor and her kidney.

For a little while things were looking good. But as soon as her family began to breathe easier, Charlotte relapsed. This time, a tumor was found in her lungs. Subsequently, Charlotte received a total of 24 chemotherapy treatments as well as radiation.

Each year, more than 150 patients are diagnosed with cancer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Annually, inpatient admissions and outpatient visits exceed 13,000 in total. We offer world-class diagnostic, treatment and research facilities that provide comprehensive, multi-disciplinary care for patients with cancer and acute and chronic blood disorders. Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is the largest facility of its kind in Ohio and one of the largest in the United States.

“They gave excellent care to Charlee when she was diagnosed and the multiple times we were admitted. They gave us everything we needed as a family. Charlee was never scared to get treatment. The nurses, doctors, and staff made us feel welcome and comfortable. Money could never repay what they did for us and how they saved Charlee’s life,” says her mom, Brittany.

This past December, Charlee celebrated one year of being cancer and chemotherapy free. Today, she is a very smart and active three year old. She loves animals, running around playing hide and seek, playing house, dressing up, and playing Barbie dolls with her older sister, Cadence. The only thing she doesn’t really like is getting her hair brushed. She’s still getting used to that. But you can bet she will have her hair fixed up pretty and will make Barbie proud as she laughs and cheers for the participants who come through her mile, because she knows they are helping Nationwide Children’s help kids like her everywhere.

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