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Oprah couldn't do a "cheers to you" show without saluting nurses! Two years ago, Mark and Chrissy received the worst news of their lives. Doctors diagnosed their 19-month-old son, Charlie, with leukemia. "To find out that it was cancer, it was shocking and so scary," Chrissy says. "We didn't say it out loud, but we were afraid he would die."

The chemotherapy and steroids used to fight the disease ravaged Charlie's fragile body and caused him to gain weight.

Charlie had his own set of guardian angels—Katie, Lauren, Kelly, Maureen, Jeri and Stephanie. They are the dedicated nurses who run the cancer clinic at Chicago's Children's Memorial Hospital. As pediatric oncology nurses, every day brings heartache and joy. The hours are long, the emotions run high and every family of every little patient is desperate for hope. "They're the best at what they do. I trust them completely with the care of my son," Chrissy says.

The extra TLC the nurses give Charlie puts him at ease, and it means everything to Mark and Chrissy. "Our kids are the most important things in our lives and the way they're cared for is so important to us," Chrissy says. "We just appreciate that they treat Charlie as well as we treat Charlie."
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Published on January 01, 2006

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