What If Your Child Lives When Expected to Die?

No matter how much time one may have with a child diagnosed with terminal cancer, the stresses of life can be extreme. Natalie Avila was diagnosed with DIPG, a common yet deadly pediatric brain cancer just before her third birthday. She was given 3-6 months to live, yet she is…

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Kimberly Beauchamp: The Hopes and Perils of Making DIPG History

We get a first-hand look inside the controversial treatment program in Monterrey, Mexico, to which many DIPG families flock with the kind of determination that only an utter lack of solutions and hope can inspire. Kimberly Beauchamp, through an introduction close to the heart with her niece Kiera, discovered this…

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Jodi Jacobs and the “Support DIPG Awareness” Petition

What is it like when there is literally nothing they can do, when your child is ok one day, but after the next might never walk again? Jodi Jacobs tells it like it is for DIPG families, discussing what happened to her 7 year old daughter, Cheyanne.  DIPG, often labeled…

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Project Haystack Part II

Molly Lindquist, CEO of Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute in Beaverton OR, joins us to share her personal story of cancer survival and the importance of the parent-funded research at cc-TDI. We continue exploring the research Project Haystack for rhabdomyosarcoma, and hear from two more foundations helping to fund this…

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With-Purpose Foundation: Kid-Power in Awareness and Fundraising

The charitable organization With Purpose, in Minneapolis MN, was founded by Erin Benson in loving memory and trust of her son Sam Lee who perished to brain cancer at a very young age, and who exhibited exceptional clarity and faith in our ability to create and enjoy our own happiness,…

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Part I: “Project Haystack” at Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute

Dr. Charles Keller, Scientific Director of the Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute, describes for us in opening the show, the ongoing work at the Institute funded by parent-led foundations in its quest to make all forms of childhood cancer survivable, specifically Project Haystack, an international collaboration in rhabdomyosarcoma research. In…

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“The Heart of Luminous”, by Luna Zin: Debut of an Author

Luna Zin joins us from her Utah home to discuss her first book, “The Heart of Luminous”, inspired by her research in the childhood cancer community, and by a special little boy in particular who lost his life to brain cancer. Luna takes us on a personal journey of discovery…

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Ellie Waters: Beating Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, Surviving Teen Life

Ellie Waters visits with us from the UK to give us an update on her progress, cancer-free, and also gives a clear picture of the realities of teen life, having survived cancer. Team Ellie’s blog is prolific and her helpful influence on other children and teens is significant. Ellie speaks…

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Chase Jones and the Biden Cancer Initiative

Chase Jones is a survivor of childhood brain cancer, founder of Vs. Cancer Foundation, and is organizing community leadership around the country for the September 21 Biden Cancer Summit. He discusses his own experience with brain cancer at 18 and its personal ramifications, including survivor guilt and how he overcame…

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Tamlin Hall (AUS) Beating BPDCN, and her Blog at BraveryBox

Tamlin Hall and her mum Kerrilee visit with us to share Tamlin’s story of surviving BPDCN, and the new network of hope and support that has grown from their experience with this rare but deadly disease. Tamlin’s writing, at 14, shows subtlety and power beyond her years, but more importantly…

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