“The Promise”, with Donna Speckhard

Donna Speckhard brings us a sneak-peek of the upcoming docuseries “The Promise” chronicling the experiences of children with cancer and their families and shedding light on important issues that affect us all in the childhood cancer community. The lack of viable solutions for them poses the question, why it is…

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Why DIPG? The One to Beat from Awareness to Research

DIPG is front and center with researchers, devastated by the picture painted by the statistics of this killer of very young children, and with advocates who have been working for years to get a greater national conversation about the chronic lack of research funding for the deadliest pediatric cancers. DIPG…

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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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