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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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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Working Toward Greater Precision in Childhood Cancers

Working Toward Greater Precision in Childhood Cancers Francis Collins, March 6, 2018 posted on NIH website, direct link above Each year, more than 15,000 American children and teenagers will be diagnosed with cancer. While great progress has been made in treating many types of childhood cancer, it remains the leading cause …

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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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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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A Jog Around the Block for Brian Jones Becomes a National Sensation

The Run for the White House is a grassroots movement of runners and workout enthusiasts all rallying with their personal brand of activism to support awareness for childhood cancer, using the social media platform of Facebook to share their activities and motivations.  Brian Jones’s mission  with the Run for the …

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American Childhood Cancer Organization, CEO Ruth Hoffman

The gold ribbon and the childhood cancer awareness movement started with a few good moms (and dads) in the 1970s…  Ruth Hoffman, CEO of the American Childhood Cancer Organization, walks us through the journey to today and Amazon’s million gold ribbon boxes!  “Still, there’s a long way to go…” says …

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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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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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