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Childhood Cancer

Just 4% Of Cancer Research Funds Go Toward Kids. This Mom Wants To Change That

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 09.09.2015 | Impact

One mother is calling on people across the Internet to fight against pediatric cancer in an incredibly powerful way. Alissa Silva's 1-year-old son, M...

7-Year-Old With Cancer Sings 'Fight Song' In Tearjerking Video

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.02.2015 | Parents

Rachel Platten's "Fight Song" has become a special pump-up anthem for people facing hardship of all kinds, including brave cancer fighters. One young...

To the Mom Who Says My Child Is Too Young

Nicole Skaro | Posted 09.01.2015 | Parents
Nicole Skaro

I wanted to just whisper, please cherish that youth. Cherish it and celebrate it. Celebrate the true belief and comfort in watching your children grow, the ignorance of their own mortality.

Cancer Treatment Advice: The Pain of Good Intentions

Jacqueline Dooley | Posted 09.01.2015 | Parents
Jacqueline Dooley

The best way to offer support to a family with a very sick child is by asking what they need. Then really listen to the answer. Some people want information on alternative treatments. Some people want a combination of both main stream and alternative treatments, and some people just want prayers, hugs and healing thoughts.

As A New School Year Begins, Please Remember This Story

Jenny Mosier | Posted 09.01.2015 | Parents
Jenny Mosier

It is quite fitting that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The juxtaposition of the hustle and bustle of a new school year with the parallel universe where families are fighting simply for their child to survive is a poignant one.

Childhood Cancer: Don't Look Away

Jacqueline Dooley | Posted 08.31.2015 | Parents
Jacqueline Dooley

When you have a child going through a serious illness, you don't want people to look away. You want people to see you, see your child. It's the only way to keep from drowning. I'm not proud that I lived in a bubble of unawareness. When I finally couldn't look away anymore, when I didn't have the choice, I learned about a lot of amazing kids. My world got wider, not smaller.

The Longest Journey

Jay Scott | Posted 08.31.2015 | Impact
Jay Scott

There is an old saying that says "the longest journey begins with a single step." This couldn't be a more accurate description of an annual journey we are about to begin which will take us one million miles (and more). The hardest part of this journey will be taking that very first step.

What September Means To Me, The Parent Of A Childhood Cancer Fighter

Liz Scott | Posted 08.28.2015 | Parents
Liz Scott

For many parents, September represents a return to routine, a return to normalcy and perhaps even a joyous occasion as the children return to school. Once upon a time, I was one of these parents, oblivious to what September represents for the childhood cancer community.

Pediatric Cancer, Angry Prayers and a Kind Chaplain

Julie Meyer Taylor | Posted 08.14.2016 | Parents
Julie Meyer Taylor

It reminded me -- each time -- that if a human could handle my doubts and my rage, and understood that they came from a place of pain, then, of course, so could God.

An Open Thank You Letter to My Daughters: Reflecting on Our Growth This Summer

Erin Smith | Posted 08.11.2016 | Parents
Erin Smith

As I am approaching the inevitable wind-up of the summer with my two young daughters, I would like to reflect on the time that has passed and what we have accomplished and learned.

Hi Mom, I Got a Tattoo!

Benjamin Rubenstein | Posted 08.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Benjamin Rubenstein

This originally appeared on the Gather the Jews blog Hi Mom, Please sit so you don't keel when you read this, and remember to inhale and then exhale...

The Power of Yes: Why This Mom Said "Yes" to the Mess

Cindy Campbell | Posted 07.31.2016 | Parents
Cindy Campbell

For every ounce of pain and anger I am plagued with, I also live this life with the ability to love harder and appreciate more than I ever imagined possible. The hair on my son's head never smelled so good and sunsets have never been so beautiful.

The Power of My Daughter's One-Cup-at-a-Time Legacy

Jay Scott | Posted 07.30.2016 | Impact
Jay Scott

We truly believe that you never know which dollar is going to make the difference and lead to the next big discovery to help kids with cancer, and that every single dollar adds up toward making those dreams of a cure a reality.

I Want You to Change the Story

Nicole Scobie | Posted 07.22.2016 | Parents
Nicole Scobie

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Most people in the childhood cancer community are aware of this, but outside of our "world" few people know about the gold ribbon.

4-Year-Old Cancer Patient 'Marries' Her Favorite Nurse

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 07.20.2015 | Good News

Chemotherapy treatments aren't something most people look forward to. But thanks to a nurse by the name of Matt Hickling, 4-year-old Abby Sayles doesn...

Mary Tankersley's Declaration of Independence: Childhood Cancer and a Message of Courage and Freedom

Jonathan Agin | Posted 07.06.2016 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

Some moments in life provide such extraordinary images of courage and hope that they demand to be celebrated. The 4th of July provides the perfect backdrop to acknowledge the sacrifices of so many that gave so much to provide the freedoms that we enjoy in this country.

Children Really Are Our Future

Jay Scott | Posted 06.30.2016 | Impact
Jay Scott

As we enter the summer months and "lemonade season," as we call it at Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, I have the immense pleasure of hearing from children all around the country who are continuing what Alex started.

Girl Gives Her Birthday Presents Away To Kids In The Hospital

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 06.18.2015 | Good News

When you're a kid, birthdays generally mean only one thing: presents. That makes Abby Grubbs' 10th birthday, which she celebrated last Friday, all ...

The Significance of 50

Jay Scott | Posted 06.02.2016 | Impact
Jay Scott

Throughout my life there have been many numbers of significance. For instance 4 -- the number of children I have had the immense pleasure of being a father to; or the age when my daughter Alex first voiced her desire to host a lemonade stand to help doctors on their way to finding cures for all kids with cancer.

To The Man Who Yelled At The Movie Theater About My Child

Nicole Skaro | Posted 05.27.2016 | Parents
Nicole Skaro

It's 3:00 a.m. here in Waconia, MN. Somewhere in this area are two men sleeping the night away, while my pillow gets heavier and heavier with my tears. You will never remember me. But, I will remember you way more than I should ever have to.

What We Really Mean When We Say, 'I Could Never...'

Mardra Sikora | Posted 05.21.2016 | Parents
Mardra Sikora

In all honesty, when my son was diagnosed with Down syndrome, I thought. Well, if it had to be something... I can handle this. I don't know if that's weird, maybe it's a coping mechanism of some sort, but it's also true.

The Girl Who Taught Me to Spell the Word 'Love'

Kathy Radigan | Posted 05.19.2016 | Women
Kathy Radigan

I went to her birthday party and brought her a Barbie. I thought it was odd that she wouldn't take the plastic off the doll's hair. Years later, it occurred to that she might have been trying to protect the doll's hair because she couldn't protect her own.

Don't Leave Out These Women On Mother's Day

Melissa Carter | Posted 05.11.2016 | Parents
Melissa Carter

"Mother's Intuition kicked in," Heather told me, "and I said we're going to the children's hospital and won't leave without answers. Something's going on."

Soccer Star Luis Suarez Surprises Young Cancer Patient With Emotional Video Call

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 05.07.2015 | Good News

Luis Suarez may have a fierce reputation on the field, but when he's not playing soccer, he can be a pretty compassionate guy. Fundación Pérez S...

How a Racehorse Named Afleet Alex Kept Our Daughter Alex's Legacy Alive

Jay Scott | Posted 05.01.2016 | Impact
Jay Scott

My wife Liz and I knew nothing about horse racing at the time, but in our minds, we thought, why not? We soon learned that the owners had undersold the ability of the horse, he was more than "pretty good."