Congressman Knight Champions Awareness Legislation for Forgotten Children

January 23, 2018, Santa Clarita, CA–Amid an intensive political landscape in 2018 persists an National Awareness Resolution, H.Res.69, for children with the deadliest pediatric brain cancer, DIPG:  diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma.  Not only does the bill call for an Awareness Day for these children and their families, May 17, it …

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FACTOR 2018: MIB Agents Osteosarcoma Mission Full Speed Ahead

Ann Graham, CEO of MIB Agents–Make-It-Better-Agents–and osteosarcoma survivor, joins us to discuss the great strides in improving outcomes for osteosarcoma patients which her organization accomplishes as they move forward. The FACTOR Conference began last year in 2017 and was enormously successful in bringing top oncologists, clinicians, patient families and advocates …

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Shane and Shawnee Doherty: The Story behind “Hope through Hollis”

Shane and Shawnee Doherty discuss frankly their experience with their son Hollis who was diagnosed with DIPG in March of 2016. DIPG, diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, is for all practical considerations a death sentence. The Doherty family showed an extraordinary solidarity out of the gate to endure the experience in …

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Steven and Angie Giallourakis and the Steven G. AYA Cancer Research Fund

Two-time cancer survivor Steven Giallourakis joins us with his mother Angie to share their experience which inspired the Steven G. AYA Cancer Research Fund in Avon Lake, Ohio. Angie Giallourakis is President of the organization which has programs in wellness, education, research and advocacy for young people with cancer. “AYA” …

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Portrait of a Mom: Quality of Life and Neuroblastoma, with Sarah Brewer

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Sarah Brewer knows the fear; through years of experience with her son Ben, diagnosed with Neuroblastoma at 2 years of age, her daughter Madeline just born, hers is a story of the most pervasive power of all:  love. Her family changed forever, but love and caring remain intact and reign supreme.

Hearing Sarah’s story of commitment and faith in the face of perilous uncertainty, for so long, is a testament to the preciousness of her son Ben in his brave fight, and to the importance of embracing the best in each moment–and insisting on it.
Sarahs blog documenting Ben’s awesome survival is at, a must-read for parents of children with cancer.

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Taking it to the Hill: DIPG Advocacy Group promotes H.Res.69

December 5, 2017, Washington, D.C.–H.Res.69, the DIPG Awareness Resolution, is a simple House Resolution which raises awareness to the realities of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, perhaps the most deadly pediatric brain cancer.  It also raises awareness to general pediatric cancer and brain cancer statistics, the leading cause of death in …

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H.Res.69: Crucial Awareness Supports Greater Research from the Tragic Example of DIPG

Dr. Michelle Monje-Deissiroth of Stanford University and Dr. Adam Green of University of Colorado, Denver, join us to discuss the breadth of their research as pediatric neuro-oncologists, specifically regarding DIPG, diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. They discuss how they were inspired to study this particular disease as a focal point for …

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Kids First 2.0 with Ellyn Miller

Ellyn Miller joins us to discuss the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act, originally signed into law by President Obama in 2014. The original bill ensured that a special fund was created at National Institutes of Health for research into pediatric disease, which historically receives inadequate funding for research. We’re …

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A Pioneering Journey, with Emma Wrenn

Emma Wrenn joins us to share her experience with her daughter Keira, who just passed away this last August as a result of her battle with DIPG, diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. Keira’s case was public, and many of us around the world followed her story. Emma shares candidly what life …

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