DIPG Awareness Day—A National Movement

(H.Res.69 asks for a date henceforth, not just for this year, and retroactively–that May 17th be National DIPG Awareness Day.  The importance of the Resolution is with the raising of awareness to the negelect of pediatric cancer research in our medical research system, and the unacceptable realities that parents across …

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Swifty Foundation: Cure Pediatric Brain Cancer

Al Gustafson is on the Advisory Council of the Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium and serves on the Board of Swifty Foundation, among several others; in addition to his work in ministry, Al is the president of the Gustafson Family Foundation, a private foundation promoting the development and education of young …

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With Love and Hope from Mexico

From Monterrey Mexico, childhood cancer advocate Christina Wascher joins the show with Kristoffer Nordstrom, father to 5-year-old Linnea who is currently undergoing treatment there for DIPG, with hopeful success 6 weeks into treatment. The Nordstrom family is from Sweden and they are prepared to remain at least six months in …

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Hope for Osteosarcoma Research: #BecauseofDaniel

Professionally, Theresa Beech has had 20 years of experience as a space engineer designing satellite mission ground systems. She has worked as a ground systems engineer, technical lead, subject matter expert, and program manager for a wide variety of satellite ground systems around the world. She comes to Childhood Cancer …

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May 17 is DIPG Awareness Day—A National Movement

I discovered it was the 2nd most common pediatric brain tumor, and responsible for the majority of pediatric brain cancer deaths each year.  If brain cancer is the leading cause of death in kids with cancer, it’s hardly irrelevant, no matter how you define ‘rare’. May 14, 2017, Santa Clarita, …

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Trailblazing to a Cure: DIPG-Treatment Advisory Council (G-TAC)

G-TAC founder and Executive Director of MaxCure Foundation Jonathan Agin, and G-TAC Medical Advisory Board Member Dr. Sabine Mueller, top neuro-oncology researcher and clinical expert at UCSF, discuss a new concierge-type service for families of the newly-diagnosed with DIPG (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma) to more expediently direct them to more …

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K.I.D.S. Campaign with Christine Hanlon

CCTR interviews Christine Hanlon, Executive Director of the KIDS Campaign or Kindness In Doing Service, a 501(c)3 charitable organization devoted to sharing love and service with the childhood cancer community. Christine lives in the greater Tampa Bay area in Florida with her son Dylan, a survivor of Ewings sarcoma. Melanie …

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Roy Wiegand: Going the Extra Mile for Kids

On April 13 2017 Childhood Cancer Talk Radio interviewed Roy Wiegand of Burbank CA, suburb of Los Angeles, a local free-lance  musician with an evolving career as ultra-distance runner and advocate for children with cancer.  Roy began running later in life in his early forties, and has been “ultra-running” for about …

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Elizabeth Psar: Mom on a Mission Against DIPG

CCTR interviews Elizabeth Psar, an attorney with a focus in Juvenile law now on a mission against DIPG with the Julia Barbara Foundation. The discussion includes the realities of DIPG and her 2 1/2 year old daughter Julia, and the unavoidable effects of the experience of losing a child to …

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National Cancer Institute’s Office of Advocacy Relations: A Conversation with Patrick Mahoney

Childhood Cancer Talk Radio interviews Patrick Mahoney from the Office of Advocacy Relations (OAR) at NCI.  The March 16 discussion included a brief history of the National Cancer Institute, it’s role as a scientific research institution as well as resource of support and direction for millions afflicted with cancer.  “We …

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