Program Priority: Chronic Illness

Caring for children with serious chronic illness occurs on two fronts: treating them now and preparing them to transition to adulthood.

Chronic Illness

Advances in medicine have extended the lives of children with chronic illnesses. Many more are living into adulthood than ever before. Our clinical programs and research—including studies conducted through the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center—address innumerable topics including childhood asthma, bipolar disorder, cancer, cardiology, diabetes, gastroenterology, obsessive compulsive disorder, and palliative care. Our integrated medicine and psychiatry services enhance the lives of children whose chronic conditions challenge them both physically and mentally.

Our advances in the treatment of children with chronic illness will result in new and innovative approaches to help kids cope with and overcome these conditions.

Your support will help us expand our programs and continue our efforts to connect kids with other children to create bonds of support, and help children transition smoothly to adult medical services.


Meet Daine

Most parents will go to the ends of the earth to get their children the help they need. Or in the case of Diana and Jason Johnson, about 4,500 miles—the distance from Anchorage, Alaska, to Providence, Rhode Island.

Their youngest son, Daine, suffered multiple bone fractures—nine by the time their little boy turned two years old. Doctors in Alaska couldn’t figure out what was wrong.