What are Kid Vids?

They're a series of videos produced by former Children's Hospital patients, as well as some child "philanthropists" who raised money for research. In these "behind the scenes" videos, viewers watch children who've been successfully treated for illnesses return to the hospital and interview their doctors and medical researchers. By watching, kids can learn about medical aspects of childhood diseases, what's it like to be a sick kid, and about the special bond that develops between the patients and the people who helped them get better. They'll also learn just how critical research is to finding cures for childhood diseases. Research, of course, that they're helping to fund by joining Generation Cures.

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Fishing for Cures

Amiel tours the zebrafish labs
Amiel, 17, is an accomplished musician and a life-long patient of Children's Hospital Boston treated for sickle cell disease. Here, he meets Len Zon, MD, who's study of zebrafish is leading to better treatments--and someday cures--for diseases like sickle cell. Zon's work was the inspiration for Generation Cures' webisodes and book--inspiring kids to do what they love while giving back to others.

Check out Video #13: "FISHING FOR CURES"

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The Revolution For Cures

Justin Joins Taylor's Team
Justin, an 8-year old who had a tumor removed at Children's Hospital Boston, travels to Gillette Stadium as part of Taylor's Team, a group of former patients who get VIP treatment at New England Revolution games. Taylor Twellman, one the team's all-star strikers, started the "team" after he recovered from head and neck injuries during the 2008 season. His goal - bring smiles to kids' faces and give them an opportunity to experience a great day of fun at a Major League Soccer game. Follow Justin and his good friend, Michael, as they visit the Revolution locker room to meet Taylor and watch the game from Taylor's sky box.

Check out Video #12: "THE REVOLUTION FOR CURES"

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Miles For Miracles

Zack Takes Us to the Boston Marathon
Ever thought about running a marathon? How about running 13 over a little more than a year? That's exactly what Nicholas Hinsley did to show support for Zack, a 14-year patient at Children's Hospital Boston who is battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Watch with Zack as he cheers on one of the many heroes who strive to make it better by running Miles for Miracles for kids like him.

Check out Video #11: "MILES FOR MIRACLES"

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A Day At Fenway Park

Kaylee & Jason Varitek Share a Passion for Supporting Children's Hospital
Few things are more special than seeing wide-eyed kids pour into Fenway Park on a sunny afternoon. Join 12-year old Kaylee, a spunky young fundraiser for Children's Hospital, as she visits the Red Sox dugout to interview Jason Varitek about Tek's 33, a program he started several years ago to bring patients to a dozen home games each season. Learn how these two special volunteers are making it better for sick kids everywhere through their own unique efforts.

Check out Video #10: "A DAY AT FENWAY PARK"

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Nate's Staples And Screws

Nothing Slows Down Nate
Nate's an active 8th Grader from Cape Cod. He loves sports - especially lacrosse, swimming, snowboarding, skiing, and hockey. And, he also loves playing games - all kinds. Plus, he has a special certificate for being able to pop a wheelie in a wheelchair. Learn how Nate tried a new surgical procedure - vertebral stapling - to help correct his scoliosis. Doctors used seven staples to straighten his curved spine. Then, see why a year later, Nate returned to Children's Hospital Boston, where doctors used a special plate and eight screws to repair his shattered left heel. Nothing slows down Nate! Watch how he raises awareness for Generation Cures and challenges other kids to join him in raising awareness and money for the Hospital. Nate is making it better for sick kids everywhere!

Check out Video #9: "NATE'S STAPLES AND SCREWS"


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Match School Visit Kid-Vid

That's the Power!
Join a group of 6th graders as they jump on the Generation Cures bus and visit Children's Hospital Boston to learn what an animated webisode called Zebrafish and an online game, Caduceus, have to do with sick kids everywhere. Listen in as a world-renowned researcher explains how research is a lot like a computer game. Watch as students start to understand the real power of Generation Cures. And the power for good we all have inside ourselves.

Check out Video #8: "MATCH SCHOOL VISIT KID-VID"


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Crystals For A Cause

Brightening Kids' Futures
Fundraising for children's diseases isn't just for adults. Sixteen-year-old Rachel knows that first-hand. At 14, Rachel had a rare brain tumor. Now she's stringing crystals into bracelets and earrings for Children's Hospital Boston where doctors treated her tumor successfully. Her house jewelry parties have raised money for much needed research for kids everywhere. Rachel's goals are crystal clear. "I just want to brighten up a bunch of kids' futures," Rachel says. "It all adds up. Before you know it your $100 donation could be part of a one million dollar foundation." Rachel's doing it one bead at a time.

Check out Video #7: "CRYSTALS FOR A CAUSE"


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Something's Fishy In Cure-Land

It's what's "inside" that counts
Calling all fish detectives! It's time to get the "inside" scoop on the fabu Zebrafish at Children's Hospital Boston. As 11-year-old Bobby finds out, these fish have some of the same genes as kids and their babies are totally see-through! That gives researchers a tank-eye view of what's happening in their bodies and how diseases grow. Zebrafish might just give docs the clues to finding cures for kids' diseases! All we have to say is 'tank' you very much!


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Moyamoya Is Not A City In Japan

It's a state in your brain
How do you win a kid's heart? Get into his head! That's just what Dr. Michael Scott did when he operated on David's brain. David has Moyamoya - sounds like a city in Japan, but it's really a rare disease where the blood vessels in his brain get so narrow that the brain can't get enough blood. Dr. Scott cut a window in David's skull (yup, it's true), then implanted a new artery in David's head that helps David's brain get the blood it needs. Guess you could call it hand-to-head combat!


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An Emergency Might Make A Doc Out Of Me

20 Stitches and a Dream
Two years ago, Ben had one dream... to be a musician. Then he made an unplanned stop in the emergency room at Children's Hospital Boston. Twenty stitches later, Ben had a new source of inspiration - the ER doctor who took care of him. Now Ben's thinking about becoming an ER doctor too, so he can help other kids facing emergencies. Does that mean he's giving up music? No Way! Check out Ben's video to hear his songs and learn more about this kid who cares!


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The Kindest Cut Of All

Right Brain to Left Brain: I Can't Hear You!
These days, 16-year old Samantha is pretty much a normal teenager. But when she was born, doctors didn't think she'd ever learn to walk. Why? Because Samantha had a stroke in her mother's womb that left her whole right side weaker than her left. Did that stop this teen? No way! Samantha learned to walk, run, and even water ski. But, by the time she was 15, Samantha faced another obstacle caused by her brain - seizures - up to 20 a week. What did one very special Children's Hospital doctor do to save the day? Learn how splitting Samantha's brain in two was the kindest cut of all!

Check out Video #3: "THE KINDEST CUT OF ALL!"

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Making Half A Heart Whole

Or...It's all a matter of plumbing! How do you make a heart whole when only half of it works? Dr. Peter Lang, a cardiologist (heart doctor) at Children's Hospital Boston says that fixing a heart is just a matter of plumbing - complicated plumbing! Well, Dr. Lang must be a great plumber, because 14-year old Will is doing just fine - even though only half his heart works! When Will was a baby, doctors discovered a hole in the right side of his heart. Dr. Lang had to operate - even though Will's heart was only as big as a walnut. Imagine operating on a walnut!! Will's operations saved his life - but couldn't save his right ventricle, the right side of his heart. So Doctor Lang and other doctors at Children's figured out how to help the left side of Will's heart to do all the work! Sounds impossible, right? Well, it wasn't easy, but Will's living proof that nothing is impossible!

Check out Video #2: "MAKING HALF A HEART WHOLE "

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Nicole's Story

Real-life Children's Hospital Boston patient Nichole has bounced back from surgery to remove a tumor from the base of her brain. In this short video, filmed in part by Nichole's brother Paul, meet Nichole and her doctor, neurosurgeon Liliana Goumnerova, who share their thoughts about the experience. As an added bonus, get an insider's view of the cutting-edge MR-OR machine that took pictures of Nichole's brain during her operation.

Check out Video #1: "NICOLE'S STORY"

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