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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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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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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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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Mom in the Midst

A warning to listeners:  this contains emotionally sensitive material.  CCTR interviews Judith Jaimes Contreras, mom to Ruben who is suffering through the progression of DIPG, a deadly pediatric brain tumor. She candidly shares the reality that hundreds of other families in the US are facing right now: the challenge of …

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“Run the Rocks!” Event Supports Research Project for Pediatric Brain Cancer

March 6, 2017, Santa Clarita, CA–Jack’s Angels Foundation of Agua Dulce, CA is organizing the trail running event “Run the Rocks!”—including a family walk—at Vasquez Rocks County Park 10700 Escondido Canyon Rd, Agua Dulce 91350, on Sunday April 30th 2017, with races beginning at 9am.  The event opens at 8:00 am …

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Vesselon: Addressing the Challenges of Brain Cancer with Non-Invasive Technology

Rhodemann Li and Clayton Larsen, co-founders of Vesselon describe the unique blending of two technologies into one platform effectively solving the problem of the blood-brain barrier in treating brain cancer.  Using ultrasound and micro-bubbles, the future of pediatric brain cancer treatment could include a simple hand-held device enhancing the delivery of …

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Keira Wrenn: DIPG Survivor

It’s with great joy and anticipation that this article was entitled.  CCTR interviews Emma Wrenn who’s daughter Keira is a survivor of DIPG, diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, a virtually unheard-of experience. Emma shares with us the realities of diagnosis and experimental treatment, and the inevitable challenges of living with the …

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Zamora Moon: Living with DIPG

CCTR intereviews Marisa Martinez, mom to Zamora Moon, a little 9-year old girl battling DIPG, diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, arguably one of the deadliest cancers which is almost exclusively pediatric.  Her pioneering journey into the unknown includes treatments in Germany and the UK.  Lisa Spedale, who’s daughter Kira was the …

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