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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Donna's Cancer Story: Spring

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.13.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

being with Donna was like being with a Zen guru. She was completely open to and aware of the beauty around us in everyday life. "We are out in the beautiful world!" "Look at the sun! Look at the clouds! Look at the trees!"

Childhood Cancer Awareness

Sherri Bushong Maxey | Posted 11.12.2012 | Impact
Sherri Bushong Maxey

Children should never have to learn about blood counts, steroids, chemotherapies, radiation but the cold hard facts are that they do.

Donna's Cancer Story: Family Portrait

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.12.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

My heart breaks a little whenever I see these photos. I ache for the family that was. I want to protect our naivete. While I can't do that, I can remember the family we were. I can see our joy and our love and marvel at Donna's beauty and light. All of those things are intact. Still, today, intact.

Donna's Cancer Story: Recovery

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.11.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

Donna was making up for eleven months of slogging through the muck of cancer. She was 2 and wanted to play and play and play. Skinny and pale with sunken eyes, Donna came back to us. She had never been more beautiful.

Donna's Cancer Story: Transplant, Part II

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.10.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

I cannot describe what it is like to see your child suffer and know that you are incapable of making it better.

A "Grand" Feat during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jay Scott | Posted 11.10.2012 | Impact
Jay Scott

In commemoration of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month I have enlisted four of my friends to join me as we "Run the Grand." What does that mean you ask? The five of us will run an entire marathon together -- through the Grand Canyon. Yes, that Grand Canyon, the very one you're thinking of, in Arizona.

Donna's Cancer Story: Transplant, Part I

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.09.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

As I was packing for the transplant stay, I pulled out the Wonder Woman cards and Donna grabbed the one at her head where Wonder Woman is holding open the jaws of a dinosaur. Donna looked at it and said, "She's going to fight that beast away, but right now it's scary." Amen, Donna.

Donna's Cancer Story: Harvest

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.08.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

You know your kid is sick when you're jealous of another kid's cancer.

Donna's Cancer Story: Questions

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.07.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

If you see a bald child, smile. Look their parent in the eye. Let them know you understand. Be aware that you are looking at greatness. Know that kid is amazing and brave and so very, heartbreakingly vulnerable. Just like Donna.

Donna's Cancer Story: Vacation

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.06.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

There my husband was, tossing his burger, repeatedly, and I was incensed. 'How could he?' I remember thinking. My picture-perfect family getaway where we were going to ignore cancer for five whole days was being usurped not by chemo or neutropenia or cancer but by blue cheese!

Donna's Cancer Story: Blessed Routine

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.05.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

When you are caring for a child with cancer, you take nothing for granted. Nothing.

Why You Should Be Reading Donna's Cancer Story, Even Though It Hurts

Carrie Goldman | Posted 11.04.2012 | Parents
Carrie Goldman

Choosing not to read about Donna is to miss out on a love story.

Donna's Cancer Story: Chemo Starts

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.04.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

The first month was terrifying for us. We did what we needed to do and were grateful for the opportunity; grateful for the ability to inject poison into our girl's thin, tiny veins, if that is what it took to rid her of cancer.

One Little Girl With Cancer Could Be Any Parent's Child

Lisa Belkin | Posted 11.04.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

I am better for having "met" this little girl and her mother. This story is uniquely theirs, yes, but it is also universal. It is the tale of too many Donnas and too many Sheilas.

Donna's Cancer Story: Surgery 2.0

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.03.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

I was huddled in a corner wrapped in a prayer blanket that had been gifted to me that morning. There was a hush in the room and the nurses silently completed their task. The space felt sacred.

Donna's Cancer Story: Relapse

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.01.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

With a few weeks to absorb the diagnosis and Donna returning to her shiny self, we settled into Threat Level Orange and were relieved to be rid of the red.

Donna's Cancer Story: Diagnosis

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.01.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

"There is a mass in your daughter's head." There is a mass in your daughter's head. It bears repeating because with those words our lives changed: Just. Like. That.

Gold Before Pink

Jonathan Agin | Posted 10.22.2012 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

Each and every day in this country at least seven children are mercilessly killed by a murderer know as childhood cancer.

WATCH: 46 Moms Shave Their Heads For Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Posted 11.22.2011 | Impact

Forty six mothers plopped down into barbers' chairs to get their heads shaved, to raise awareness for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, ABCnews.com re...