Real Solutions for Research Funding: NC3 Leads in Pennsylvania

Christopher Winters, President of NC3, the National Childhood Cancer Coalition, shares with us his work at the state level culminating 10/25 in the passage of HB46 in the Pennsylvania Legislature.  The bill creates the option for individuals to donate from their state income tax refund to pediatric cancer research.  In a…

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Outside the Box: Solutions for Kids with Target Pediatric AML

Julie Guillot and Dr. Soheil Meshinchi, an attending physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital treating children with high-risk leukemias, join us to discuss the innovative and exciting Target Pediatric AML program which promises genomic sequencing for targeted, effective treatment. Dr. Meshinchi oversees the world’s largest pediatric AML tissue repository, located at…

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Tamlin Hall’s Journey with BPDCN; Queensland, AUS

Kerrilee Hall and her 13 year old daughter Tamlin visit with us today from Queensland, Australia. Tamlin is at the 100 day mark post bone-marrow transplant or BMT for BPDCN treatment, or Blastic Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm, a disease difficult to diagnose as it exhibits traits of leukemia and lymphoma,…

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“My Dog Named Hope” Comforts Children and Supports Research

The new children’s book “My Dog Named Hope” is about a special girl, her amazing dog, and a family’s journey through childhood cancer. The story was based on a compilation of the experiences of many childhood cancer families by the author, Joe Dean during his time working for the US…

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Go4TheGoal and the Historic Golden Steps for Pediatric Cancer

Beth Stefanacci and Carina Trenka join us to share their experience and agenda with Go4theGoal, founded in 2006 shortly after 13-year-old Richard Stefanacci was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma. During his treatment, his family quickly became aware of the lack of assistance available to families battling pediatric cancers. Go4theGoal’s unwavering mission…

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The Triumph of Team Ellie

Ellie Waters was diagnosed with alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma at the age of 14 and endured the heavy-duty treatments that this frightening disease necessitates, and is now at 16 a vibrant, bigger than life personality devoted to helping other children and teens with cancer. She comes to us from Northamptonshire in the…

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Nicole Vathy and “Baby” Shawn face DIPG with the Golden Niagara Falls of September

Nicole Vathy, single mom of seven, shares her journey with her youngest, Shawn, who has been diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma.  Shawn is one of the few who survive past the year mark to two years with a stable tumor.  Nicole candidly shares with us this very difficult road…

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More Life and Love to Remaining Days

Suzanne Gwynn has served as a critical care nurse for more than 35 years, in both the United States and Canada. During the first decade of her career, she served medically fragile patients who suffered from a variety of life limiting diseases in acute care settings. These experiences solidified her…

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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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