"When they [came and got] Luke for his second surgery, the surgeon came all the way up and wheeled him down personally. It was pretty hard to let go of your son, knowing we might not see him again. She looked at us with tears in her eyes and said, 'He's in good hands.' We were able to let go of our son to someone we totally trusted."
— Scott Marton
"Her cancer is one that's more difficult to treat, so we began to look for where we should have her treated, and UCSF Benioff was the obvious answer for us. It's right here in the city, so it's like having a facility of experts right in our backyard."
— Arne Olson
"I was 18 weeks pregnant when I went for a high-level ultrasound and was diagnosed with twin-to-twin transfusion. I had only found out the week before that I was having twins, so I was still shocked about that, and then to find out that they were in a potentially life-threatening state...I was devastated. When I found out I had options such as fetal surgery, I felt like I had a tad bit of hope."
— Kim Anderson
"Peter had a bloody nose and other symptoms that kept coming on, little by little. So I took him to our pediatrician and was told that we needed to go get blood tests. We went and got the blood test, and immediately they told us that we needed to pack our bags and go to UCSF because Peter had leukemia."
— Jennifer Dickson
"One night Ally woke me up and I heard a voice that I couldn't recognize. Her voice was slurring and I knew she had had a stroke. We went to our local hospital and they quickly airlifted her to UCSF. As soon as we got there, we met Dr. Fineman, who has become a huge part of our family."
— Vickee Jenkins
"My wife called and said, 'You need to come meet me at the hospital. They found a mass on Elijah's adrenal gland.' My heart just fell to my stomach. All these thoughts were running through our minds - this can't be happening to us, this kid's healthy. There were no symptoms of anything. It was scary, very scary."
— Peter Leung
"It's a mean scoliosis because it progressed really quickly; she was diagnosed with a 27-degree curve and within a month and a half, it jumped to a 38-degree curve. People don't realize how painful it is, especially in a little body, and kids don't know how to articulate that they're in pain."
— Jennifer Rego
"She was airlifted to UCSF and, after a lot of diagnostics, we were told that she has pulmonary hypertension. We didn't know much about the condition at the time so I started doing some research and, honestly, everything out there regarding this condition is very grim. But for some reason, I had a lot of faith in the professionals and the doctors that I met at UCSF."
— Chioma Enemouh
"[When I came to UCSF] I had no idea what was happening - I'd never even heard of a diaphragmatic hernia before. They spelled out from A to Z what to expect and the road that we were going to go down. By the end of the day, I knew that if there were any major problems, we were in great hands."
— Elizabeth Gedney
"The ultrasound tech in San Mateo noticed that Dylan's sac was low on amniotic fluid. She knew right away to send us to UCSF because they're the only center in the Bay Area that deals with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. The day we were sent to UCSF, they knew what the problem was and told us exactly what needed to be done to save their lives."
— Katie Riggs