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  • While many dread getting back in the classroom, kids with chronic illness—those undergoing chemotherapy, awaiting organ transplants, recovering from traumatic brain injuries—see the day as a return to "normal." </br></br> "Grant spent the first few months of his amazing life at Egleston with a diaphragmatic hernia. This week he started Kindergarten a healthy, happy and Hilarious miracle kid. We [heart] CHOA!" - Leah Wolfe
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  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, a children's hospital in Georgia, invited families to share photos of current and former patients going back to school. The <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ChildrensHealthcareofAtlanta/photos/a.374292508185.161226.356527358185/10153431344243186/?type=1&theater" target="external">more than 100 responses</a> will move you to tears. </br></br>"Emelie has a seizure disorder, missing piece of chromosome and had to have neurosurgery when she was 3 for a chiari. Thank God for answered prayers!! First day of 2nd grade." - Jenny Kuziak Wehunt
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  • The stories range from an itty bitty preemie now entering kindergarten to little girl celebrating a hospital-visit free summer and heading to preschool.<br /> <br /> &quot;Born with severe hydrocephalus...shunted at birth...14 brain surgeries later, Meagan had her first summer home with no hospital visits, stays or brain surgeries. Yay! She went back to her special needs preschool today in Cobb County!&quot; - Molly Gareau
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  • "At Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, we often say that our job is to get kids back where they belong-that's out of the hospital and back to classrooms, neighborhoods and ball fields where they can experience the joys of childhood," said Jim Fortenberry, M.D., Pediatrician in Chief.</br></br>"Matthew's First Day of 7th grade. Missed the last 1 1/2yrs of school going through treatment for Osteosarcoma." - Kerri McMahon
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  • "When a child's daily life has been interrupted by injury or illness, the first day of school is much more than a milestone. It's a return to normalcy," said Fortenberry.</br></br>"Eli's first day back at preschool after his bone marrow transplant in May of 2014. He was hospitalized for 8 months at choa and spent 34 days in the icu. He is a Wiskott Aldrich Syndrome survivor!" - Charity Johanson
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  • "It's a milestone that's been preceded by the achievement of other milestones, such as gaining enough strength to breathe without a ventilator or building back an immune system that’s been weakened by chemotherapy or anti-rejection medicines," said Fortenberry.</br></br> "Jeremy Brown was diagnosed with ALL in December 2014. He's starting 7th grade. He has two more years of treatments, but he always has a smile on his face." - Susan Carcione Brown
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  • "Seeing former patients starting kindergarten or leading classrooms of their own is the best reward you can ask for as a doctor, nurse or allied health professional. We are so proud of each one of them and look forward to hearing about all of the great things they’re poised to achieve this next year."</br></br> "Down Syndrome and had open heart surgery to repair a VSD and an ASD at Children's healthcare of Atlanta when he was just 18 mths old. August 3rd was his first day of Kindergarten. We LOVE children's healthcare of Atlanta." - Shawn-Jennifer Douglas
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  • "Abbagail was diagnosed with Pierre robin sequence. 6 surgeries later, she's is a healthy, smart, beautiful 5 year old who just started Kindergarten." - Lisa Hamby
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  • &quot;Mike was born with Spina Bifida. He is 10 years old and in the 5th grade!&quot; - Debbie Reynolds Heininger
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