Give It Your All

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As a follow up to my recent post about the opposing player who compared Harrison’s status in his league to Derek Jeter’s in the major leagues, I wanted to share this reminder: This statement, by one if baseball’s greatest legends, characterizes Harrison’s approach to life. This attitude has, I believe, helped him immeasurably in his fight against cancer. Every day … Read More

His Team’s Tim Tebow?

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Baseball season has begun, which has me again thinking about where was and where he now is. Before cancer, another player was watching Harrison play shortstop and remarked, “What Derek Jeter is to the Yankees, Harrison McKinion is to his team.”  It was a tremendous compliment for a nine year old kid. But cancer has put Harrison in another role … Read More

What Might Have Been

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I spent the night conflicted, as I often do parenting a child with cancer. Harrison learned yesterday that he earned a spot on his middle school baseball team. This was his dream since his brother made the team six years ago. Words cannot express the elation he felt having achieved this dream. In some many ways, baseball has been a … Read More

Two Years in Remission

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January 24, 2012, will forever be a memorable date for me. That Tuesday morning began with a greater sense of fear and anxiety than I have every know. We were learning if the experiment had worked, if the drug Imatinib, also called Gleevec, had successfully treated the leukemia cells throughout Harrison’s body. To this point those cells had proven entirely … Read More

Choosing Joy

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Not a day goes by that Harrison isn’t faced with the struggles of being a kid with cancer. Some struggles are relatively minor, like taking a half-dozen or so medicines. Some are more severe, like joint pain and memory loss. But his attitude is inspiring. And when he bounds down the steps singing a song or rapping the latest Trip … Read More

Happy Diagnosiversary

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Today marks two years since Harrison’s diagnosis with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). He’s had a remarkable two years filled with several near-fatal events, remarkable recoveries, and near-miraculous advances in cancer treatment. It is sometimes difficult for me to believe that two years have passed. On the one hand the struggle seems to drag on endlessly. On the other hand, the … Read More

Almost Forever Ten

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If you ever see the Facebook profile of a parent who has lost a child to cancer you may see something like this: Mom to three kids: John (14), Betty (6), and Suzie (forever 10). I’d never noticed it before. Perhaps because I didn’t know anyone whose child had died from cancer. Or, more likely, I didn’t bother to see … Read More

Fight Like a Champion

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Tomorrow Harrison will turn twelve years old. His second birthday with leukemia. Final year as a pre-teen. Pretty big deal for any kid. Huge for him. Birthdays are always a big deal for kids. We all remember the anticipation of parties, presents, and fun times with friends. For parents, every birthday a kid reaches is a milestone. In the childhood cancer … Read More

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