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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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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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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“Lighten Our Darkness”: Two Moms Advocate for Others from Life’s Most Tragic Loss

Kirsten Finley and Jamie Franzini, both coincidentally from the same Congressional District in Florida–that of Rep. DeSantis (R-FL-6)–discuss their recent and tragic losses and resulting action in advocacy for children with cancer to inspire greater awareness for the perilous situation so many families find themselves in every day in the…

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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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Congressman Knight Champions Awareness Legislation for Children with Cancer

January 30, 2018, Santa Clarita, CA–One year ago today, Congressman Steve Knight (R-CA-25) introduced with Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA-14) H.Res.69, the National DIPG Awareness Resolution to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  The Resolution persists today, amid an intensive political landscape in 2018, for children with the deadliest pediatric brain…

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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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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 www.strongerthanilook.com, a must-read for parents of children with cancer.

The podcast can be found online at:  http://bit.ly/CCTR12-14-17.  (our podcast links are always case-sensitive)

You can listen to live TogiNet radio at www.TogiNet.com.  Childhood Cancer Talk Radio airs every Thursday at 4pm Eastern time, 1pm Pacific.

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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