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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Kortney Rose Foundation Pioneers Fundraising for Pediatric Brain Cancer

Kristen Gillette, Executive Director of the Kortney Rose Foundation in Oceanport, NJ, joins us to discuss the abrupt loss of her daughter Kortney in 2006 to a deadly brain tumor and the change of the landscape of childhood cancer research since then. Joining us in Segment II is Eric Montgomery,…

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Princess Keira’s Dream: One Girl’s Battle, A Worldwide War

Emma Wrenn joins us from the UK to discuss her new book about the life of her brave daughter Keira, who was one of a handful of children who pioneered the CED modality of treatment for DIPG in the care of Dr. Steven Gill at University of Bristol. Diffuse intrinsic…

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Oncoceutics: Real-Time Solutions for Cancer Treatment

Joshua Allen, Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Oncoceutics joins us to explain a novel group of compounds called imipridones that he helped to create which target specific mutations in an wide array of cancer types. ONC201, the first that he personally discovered, is now being used in…

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Appeal for a Presidential Proclamation for the Deadliest Pediatric Brain Cancer

On Day 23 of Brain Tumor Awareness Month in 2018, it seemed apropos to share this appeal: The Honorable Donald J. Trump President of the United States The White House Office of Proclamations 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500   Dear President Trump,   On behalf of the DIPG…

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May 17 is DIPG Awareness Day in California; H.Res.69 Awaits a U.S. House Vote

Most people simply don’t know that our children are not a priority, unless pediatric cancer directly impacts them or someone very close to them. May 14, Santa Clarita, CA–what began in 2014 in California as the first State Awareness Resolution for DIPG, diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, the deadliest and the…

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“Lighten Our Darkness”: Two Moms Advocate for Others from Life’s Most Tragic Loss

Kirsten Finley and Jamie Franzini, both coincidentally from the same Congressional District in Florida–that of Rep. DeSantis (R-FL-6)–discuss their recent and tragic losses and resulting action in advocacy for children with cancer to inspire greater awareness for the perilous situation so many families find themselves in every day in the…

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