Surgical Endocrine Disorders

Patient Stories


Living a brand new future cancer free

Kyla Riddle inherited her mother’s hair and eyes. She got her fearless nature from her father, Josh. The 5-year-old will take off on trails near the family’s Spokane, Wash., farm and lead for miles, "just hoping you’ll follow," said her mother, Lisa. Kyla also inherited from her father a gene mutation that in the past would have caused her to develop medullary thyroid cancer in her teens or early 20s, as her father did. But thanks to a preventive treatment advanced in part by Dr. Michael Skinner, a surgeon at Children’s, Kyla’s chance of developing this cancer have been virtually eliminated. With a clean bill of health, Kyla’s taking kindergarten by the reigns and is ready for whatever adventure life brings.