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Medicine alone cannot heal a child’s heart

We believe that sick kids need to express their feelings, and to heal emotionally as well as physically.  That is why we created the Digging Deep Project—to empower children and teens facing serious health challenges to overcome the emotional burden of their illness or disability by helping them access their own inner strength to live with their health challenges.

Every young person working through significant health challenges has a story to tell.

Storytelling is a way to recover the voice that illness, diagnosis, and treatment have taken away.

Joanna Shapiro, MD

UC Irvine School of Medicine

Founders Story

Latest From The Digging Deep Blog:

Groundswell: Elevating Teen Voice Through Public Murals

Groundswell uses public art—mural making—as the vehicle for youth to explore themselves and the issues they are facing.

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About the Digging Deep Blog

Updated every Wednesday, the Digging Deep blog gathers voices of experts, survivors, parents, caregivers and patients to offer information and inspiration for everyone dealing with serious or chronic health conditions.

Celebrating Milestones in a Child With Disability

This is the season when we think about the year we just completed, what was done, what goals were accomplished (or ignored), major life events and other milestones.  We hear of others’ adventures through annual Christmas cards or social media updates with pictures of...

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Unusual and Tragic and Alive

Those of us who endure being sick for years are anything but normal and live a life that is, by and large, a mixed bag of tragedy and triumph. As Dave Eggers once wrote, “We are unusual and tragic and alive.”

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