From Bench to Bedside...to Playground: New Research Centers Get Kids Back to Being Kids

At only 7 years old, Mitchell Smith doesn't understand his vital role in fulfilling the Children's Vision for Research, but he definitely appreciates the entertainment value.

"At the clinic, Dr. Greenbaum juggles for us! The nurses play with us... they're really nice," he said. "And I get to see other kids with cystinosis, like me." What Mitchell won't realize until he's much older is that his clinical trial participation is advancing the leading edge of medical science--for his own rare kidney disorder, and for other children around the world who suffer from it. So, while he innoccently delights in his doctor's juggling act, Mitchell is also helping Children's make history.

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