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100 Stories

Our celebration of the past 100 years is not only about the amazing milestones we've accomplished, but also about each and every person who has shared their life with us and the stories they have to tell. We'll be sharing those stories all throughout the year, adding new ones each week until we reach 100. This is our history. These are your stories. You're the 1 in our 100.


One Hundred Years. One Family. - Story

100 years

On a cold November day in the early 1900s, Fort Worth's former postmistress Ida Turner spotted a man in downtown Fort Worth carrying an abandoned baby in his arms, blue from cold ...

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The Power of One - Video

Watch the rags and riches stories that combined, built the now 100 year old Cook Children's pediatric healthcare system in Fort Worth, TX.


Mending Broken Hearts (part 1) - Story

Mending Broken Hearts

Health care and technology are two things that are constantly changing. One thing that doesn't change is our commitment to the children we care for from one generation to the next. As we look back over Cook Children's 100-year history, we can see the amazing medical advancements that are happening here daily. It's evident in every patient story. It's also why so many children who relied on us in the past, now trust their children to us.

We hope you enjoy the story of Melanie and Rossleigh Dewey, a mother and daughter both born with congenital heart defects.

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Mrs. Clarabele "Pit" Dodson - A Legacy of Generosity - Story

Mrs. Clarabele Dodson

The Dodson Specialty Clinics building sits on the northwest side of the Cook Children's Medical Center campus and bears the name of one of Cook Children's most generous benefactors, Mrs. Clarabele "Pit" Dodson and her late husband, T.L. Dodson Jr. Hundreds of patients and families walk through the building every day, and each one benefit from the incredible legacy that Mrs. Dodson has been building for more than three decades.

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Melody's Cure, Hyperinsulinism at Cook Children's - Video

Melody's life hung in the balance until she met Dr. Thornton, the renowned hyperinsulinism specialist at Cook Children's in Ft. Worth, TX.


Mending Broken Hearts (part 2) - Story

Mending Broken Hearts

There's a special bond that lives in the hearts of mothers and daughters. But in the case of Melanie and her daughter Rossleigh, the two share a unique connection that threads across a generation and begins right here at Cook Children's.

We hope you enjoy the continued story of Melanie and Rossleigh Dewey, both born with congenital heart defects.

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To HemOnc and Beyond! - Audio


Be a Part of Our Promise - Story

Part of Our Promise

Caring for the children of our community, regardless of family resources or a family's ability to pay, has been the foundation of Cook Children's ever since the very first baby inspired the creation of Fort Worth Free Baby Hospital in 1918. That single act of kindness defined Fort Worth Free Baby Hospital, W.I. Cook Memorial Hospital and now Cook Children's Health Care System.

The desire to do the right thing is what led to the eventual creation of Cook Children's Promise to improve health of every child in our region through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease and injury. Due to the passion to fulfill this Promise, there is a dedicated area within Cook Children's Health Care System that is specifically focused on prevention of illness, disease and injuries.

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#Cook100Years Community Celebration - Video

This year, we asked the community to join us in celebrating our 100th Birthday. As 2018 comes to a close, we look back at some of the wonderful moments you've shared with us.


The True Celebration - Video

Cook Children's is turning 100 years old, but what we're really celebrating are the birthdays of each and every patient that has made up our history, and are the beacons of our future.