STRAIGHT TALK with the Fachons about Neil’s Incredible DIPG Journey

Both parents Dean and Wendy Fachon join us to share the story of their son Neil Fachon’s diagnosis of DIPG, one of the deadliest pediatric brain cancers. Their journey included the hope of an experimental treatment at the Burzynski Clinic near Houston, TX, and what it was like to endure …

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DIPG Awareness Day—A National Movement

I’m re-posting this as, for some reason, the blog page isn’t allowing access to posts other than the one page…sorry, I’m not a tech genius and I don’t have a volunteer working on organizing our site. Original date was July 24, 2017. (H.Res.69 asks for a date henceforth, not just …

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What We Do when there are NO OPTIONS, with Melany Knott

What would you do if your doctors provided no solutions for your child, when nowhere in your country was hope for survival inferred by treatment? Melany Knott tells us about her daughter Kaisey who is currently 17 months out of a diagnosis of DIPG, diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, for which …

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Zoe’s Butterfly Foundation, Part I

Melissa Castango joins us to share the story of her daughter Zoe, diagnosis with brain cancer and the beginnings of her journey with Zoe’s Butterfly Foundation in Milford, CT. The realities of a terminal diagnosis for the family including changes in friendships, family structure, and the desire to honor and …

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Ken Bettencourt and 10,000 mi for Heroes and Angels

Heroes and Angels in Little Rock, AR is the real deal: a small, grassroots organization doing everything humanly and angelically possible to support children with cancer by helping local families, raising awareness to the urgent need for greater pediatric research funding, and with Ken’s amazing bike rides for kids. He’s …

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Fly like a Superhero with Smile High Club

Jim Churchman joins us to share the story of the Smile High Club, a non-profit organization dedicated to putting smiles on faces and hope in the hearts of children facing illness or any physical challenge. A stuntman for many years, Jim Churchman is a 2nd Unit Director and Stunt Coordinator …

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Working Toward Greater Precision in Childhood Cancers

Working Toward Greater Precision in Childhood Cancers Francis Collins, March 6, 2018 posted on NIH website, direct link above Each year, more than 15,000 American children and teenagers will be diagnosed with cancer. While great progress has been made in treating many types of childhood cancer, it remains the leading cause …

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Theodore Lives with Juvenile Batten CNL3 Disease

Nurse and family confidante Nick Maroulis, and brother of Theodore Vasilis Ntoumas join us to discuss Batten disease and the effects of fatal, rare, pediatric disease on the family and in a country where support is so difficult to instate. Nick comes to us from Greece, while we speak with …

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NORD Advocates for Rare Diseases

Paul Melmeyer, Director of Federal Policy for NORD, the National Organization for Rare Disorders,joins us to discuss NORD’s advocacy activities at the local, State, and federal level. The pioneering organization in support of all patients with rare diseases first introduced the Orphan Disease Act in 1983, the year of its …

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