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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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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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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Global Childhood Cancer Advocate Gerry Tye in Sydney, Australia

Gerry Tye joins us from Sydney Australia to discuss the changes in the childhood cancer community over the past six years. A father of three boys, Gerry’s middle child Talin (age 5) was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2012, passing away shortly thereafter. Beginning in relative obscurity, Gerry’s advocacy for …

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Paul 4 the People: A Personal Journey of Advocacy through Involvement

A long-time advocate for children with cancer, Paul Miller of Littleton, CO shares with us his story of advocacy through fundraising events, routinely donating blood, supporting groups, connecting people, and how these activities have finally evolved into a bid for his State Legislature. Catalytic to this quantum leap was interacting …

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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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