Allergy Stories

Patients visit our campus every day, seeking our expert care for allergies. Read our patients' stories and learn how you can support our work in allergy research and treatment.

Ella Basham Gives Back
Many children set up lemonade stands to earn money
for the latest video game or a cool, new toy. Nine-year-old
Ella Basham used her lemonade stand to help National
Jewish Health treat children with severe asthma
and allergies.

‘I Really Got My Child Back’
Cameron Toops was missing out on his childhood because of severe eczema. The family traveled from Ohio to National Jewish Health for our nationally recognized Pediatric Day Program, where they found answers and a treatment that worked.

Embracing Healthy Skin
Jaxon Anderson was stuck in a cycle of painful dry, cracked skin and powerful steroid use. Since birth, Jaxon has suffered continuous flare-ups of his atopic dermatitis, which leave him scratching, bleeding and in pain.

No Longer Missing out on Childhood
Davis Silcox hated how eczema and food allergies made him feel. For four and a half years, he and his family struggled with sleepless nights and a severely restricted diet. After a 10-day appointment at National Jewish Health, he and his family have a “new life.”

Haden Bakk

‘Every day is the greatest day of his life.’
Haden Bakk’s life – and his family’s – revolved around his allergies, eczema and asthma. After coming to National Jewish Health, Haden has been able to ‘leave his bubble.’ Now, his days are filled with activities like tee ball and hockey.

Patient Lucie Karazim

'We are in a much better place now'
The Karazim family spent two years searching for answers for their daughter’s eczema, food allergies and eosinophilic esophagitis. After a two week appointment at National Jewish Health, Lucie Karazim is thriving.

‘The Training Here is Bar None’
As a child, Jennifer Hill, MD, frequently sat on the sidelines because of her asthma. Today, she is pursuing a career in immunology and a fellowship at National Jewish Health to help people who are held back by severe asthma and allergies receive the care they need.

Patient Cindy Roper

Taking Back the Reins on Life
Cindy Roper’s hands “hurt every hour of every day of every week.” National Jewish Health found the simple answer to her skin condition, and now she is back in the saddle.

Patient Jack Littauer

A food allergy miracle
By the time Jack Littauer was four, he had already been rushed to the hospital four times for allergic reactions to food, once landing in the intensive care unit. By the time Jack and his family left National Jewish Health, the Littauers felt like a cloud had been lifted.

Mikka White

She couldn't eat and didn't know why
Mikka White averaged two E.R. visits a week because she couldn't swallow, a symptom she later learned was due to eosinophilic esophagitis.

They had no quality of life, and neither did we
Rachel Princes' two sons both suffered from eczema since they were about six months old.