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Childhood Cancer

20 Things A Cancer Mom Knows By Heart

Jessica Bensten | Posted 02.03.2016 | Parents
Jessica Bensten

At times, I think I was born the day Jackson was diagnosed. The world falls silent as cancer shuts out all the background noise of work stress, mortgages, that extra 10 pounds or what's on TV. It awakens a level of empathy to suffering and an awareness to what's truly important in life.

The Chemo Took His Hair, But His Hat Made Him Brave

Julie Meyer Taylor | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents
Julie Meyer Taylor

Together, my son and his hat charmed and brought joy to the many cold, sterile, and terrifying situations we had to endure.

For Children With the Most Common Malignant Brain Tumor, New Reason for Hope

Amar Gajjar, MD | Posted 11.10.2014 | Parents
Amar Gajjar, MD

While news that your child has a malignant brain tumor remains a life-altering, frightening event, there is renewed reason for hope.

Why This Couple Is Embarking On A 3,000-Mile Bike Ride To Help Kids With Cancer

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents

When their daughter was diagnosed with cancer, Kim and Jon Smith did everything they could to try and save her. They exhausted treatment options in th...

Alena Hall

How One Mom Who Lost Her Daughter To Cancer Is Using Her Physical -- And Mental -- Strength To Give Back

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 09.09.2014 | Parents

Sandra Andrade never considered herself to be much of an athlete. However, witnessing her young daughter struggle with and ultimately succumb to an ag...

This Doctor Is Determined To See Girl Who Survived Multiple Brain Tumors Walk Down The Aisle

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 09.03.2014 | Good News

Doctors treat countless patients throughout their careers, but it's those with incredible strength against all odds that remind them why they chose th...

Overcoming Adversity, a Step at a Time

Jay Scott | Posted 11.02.2014 | Impact
Jay Scott

What does taking a single step mean to you? Did you walk to work this morning, or simply walk to the car to drive to work? Did you walk to the kitchen to grab coffee or take the dog for a walk around the block?

Catherine Pearson

Behind One Family's Extraordinary Commitment To Keep Their Daughter's Dream Alive

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents

Alex started with a simple stand. Her family has continued to honor her vision. While most kids her age were out playing or sitting in bustling...

Will the Empire State Building Go Gold for Childhood Cancer?

Rainesford Alexandra | Posted 10.11.2014 | Impact
Rainesford Alexandra

rom purple, pink and white for the release of a Mariah Carey album to yellow for Snapple, the Empire State Building has beamed bright in every color in the palette. Except, it would seem, gold.

Girl, 11, Invents 'Chemo Backpack' To Help Kids With Cancer, After Battling The Disease Herself

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 09.29.2014 | Good News

This girl's fight with cancer pushed her to invent a life-changing device. Kylie Simonds, from Naugatuck, Connecticut, understands what the strugg...

Thriving Through My Son's Brain Cancer Diagnosis

Audra D. Wilford | Posted 10.06.2014 | Impact
Audra D. Wilford

I never thought I'd find gifts in my son's cancer diagnosis and treatment. It's hard to even suggest that there is good embedded in the pain.

30 Stars and Doctors Sign the 'Petition for Briggs for Cancer Immunotherapy for All'

Paul Sanderson | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Sanderson

It's time for governments, cancer organizations, and the cancer industry to devote their resources primarily to immunotherapy and give it urgent priority.

Adding Meaning to a Life Taken Too Soon: Ten Years Later

Jay Scott | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Jay Scott

This Friday, August 1, 2014 will mark 10 years since my daughter Alex lost her life to neuroblastoma, a form of childhood cancer, at just 8 years of age.

Internet Raises $16,000 In 1 Day To Buy Dentures For Teen Who Beat Cancer Twice

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.31.2014 | Impact

Throughout two bouts of cancer that involved rigorous treatments and losing all of his teeth, Alex Hunter managed to keep a smile planted on his face....

Parents Outraged Cruise Line Won't Reschedule Their Trip In Light Of Son's Cancer Diagnosis

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.30.2014 | Parents

The Colucci family of Long Island, New York was looking forward to their June 1 cruise vacation on the Norwegian Breakaway, Fox 5 News reports. Perhap...

My Friend's Baby Got Sick, And We Never Expected This Response From the Internet

Lili Zarghami | Posted 09.01.2014 | Parents
Lili Zarghami

As they begin his intense chemotherapy treatment, friends, family and strangers have rallied to support them online and in person. "Go Hugo!" has turned into a rallying cry across the country.

The No-Win Hypocrisy of Christian Abstinence (and Infinities)

Cynthia Jeub | Posted 08.10.2014 | Religion
Cynthia Jeub

So Green told a story, and it garnered various responses from the Christian world. It made us think, and maybe that's what stories should do. Maybe it's better than pretending to have all the answers about sexuality and eternity.

Mom's Stunning Photo Diary Shares The Story Of Her 5-Year-Old's Fight With Cancer

The Huffington Post | Mandy Velez | Posted 06.19.2014 | Parents

Five-year-old Zofeya has cancer. Her mom, photographer Noemi Dorgu chronicles their life with this disease on her blog, filled with gorgeous inspiring...

Weed the People Movie Looks at Children, Cancer and Cannabis Medicine

Mary Hall | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Mary Hall

What would you do if your child had a disease or condition that mainstream medicine couldn't cure? What if you found a medicine that could help your child, but it wasn't legal or commonly accepted as mainstream medicine? Would you break the law to save your child? These are some of the questions the unfinished documentary film, Weed The People addresses.

Jump, Bubby, Jump

Pauline Hawkins | Posted 08.17.2014 | Parents
Pauline Hawkins

He had so much pain in his life already. How could my husband put Ian in more danger? Didn't he realize that Ian's life was so precarious right now? Didn't he realize that the doctors couldn't guarantee that Ian would see his fifth birthday?

Fault in Our Stars Critic Does Disservice to Kids With Cancer

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

A pediatric oncologist seems to suggest we shouldn't be getting too upset about childhood cancer because kids and teens dying or going blind "are things that we don't typically encounter."

Be Careful What You Wish for, Michael Alan -- You Do Not Wish Your Kids Had Cancer

Jonathan Agin | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

Having a child with autism was a significant concern of mine prior to the birth of my first child Alexis back in January 2006. But then, on April 10, 2008 cancer knocked on our door and without an invitation took up residence in our then 27-mont-old daughter Alexis. Mr. Alan, do you still wish your kids had cancer?

There May Be A Cure For This 4-Year-Old Cancer Patient, But Insurance Doesn't Cover It

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact

By just looking at her toothy smile and the way she jumps furiously on a trampoline, you would think Desirae Cechin was just like any other boisterous...

Social Media Makes an Impact on Society

Jay Scott | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Jay Scott

When I was growing up, there was no such thing as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or even cell phones! However, today, children are introduced to social media at a very early age, some may even begin creating a digital footprint of their lives before they are out of the womb.

The Friends Who Were My Son's ‘Best Medicine'

Julie Guillot | Posted 07.27.2014 | Parents
Julie Guillot

There is no way to adequately thank "BFF" Julia and the kids who made time for and stuck with him -- those who brought doses of the best medicine known to Man -- doses of "normal" during his years-long illness.