Beating Dogs to Kill Fleas

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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month ends today, but childhood cancer does not.  And, hopefully, neither will childhood cancer awareness. Cancer therapy is like beating the dog with a stick to get rid of his fleas  – Anna Deavere Smith, Let Me Down Easy Momentous strides over the last fifty years have ensured life for thousands of kids who otherwise would have died. … Read More

Facing Fear

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The childhood cancer community is a lot like life on steroids (literally, ha!). Whereas everyone has fear, hope, anger, resentment, joy, contentment, etc., at times in their lives, families with childhood cancer experience these feelings in extremes. A mom hears, “No evidence of disease,” and her joy is far greater than when she hears, “I made an A in math.” … Read More

Football and Childhood Cancer Awareness

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Not long after Harrison’s recovery from his stroke, one of Lachlan’s best friends, Jansen Kidd, had a football birthday party.  I took Harrison.  He tried desperately to play, but was just unable to run. It was heartbreaking. But Jansen had a surprise for Harrison. When it came time to open gifts, Jansen called Harrison over.  Jansen had asked his friends, … Read More

You Are Not Alone

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Less than 60% of children diagnosed with cancer survive to see their 30th birthday. From the moment they are diagnosed they face unspeakable pain, physical and emotional. They are scared, hurt, uncertain. Often they feel alone. And despite their own immense heartbreak, fear, and even anger, parents of kids with cancer have one message for their children: I will hold … Read More

What Good is Awareness?

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September is childhood cancer awareness month. But it might as well be Greenland Independence Day for most people. Lachlan’s high school football coach said yesterday they will dedicate a Friday night in October for breast cancer awareness. I applaud it. While breast cancer gets more funding than all childhood cancers COMBINED I still support fighting this terrible disease. But nothing … Read More