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

Mardra Sikora | Posted 05.21.2015 | 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.

Getting the Wind Knocked Out of Me

Adina Ciment | Posted 05.21.2015 | Parents
Adina Ciment

When I was 13, I was kicked in the solar plexus during karate class. The sensei came over to me and explained to me that I had "gotten the wind knocked out of me." And he was right. Quite literally, in fact. I couldn't breathe. Hearing that your son has a brain tumor knocks the wind out of you in a completely different way.

To The Momma Of A Critically And Chronically Ill Child

Lexi Behrndt | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents
Lexi Behrndt

You fight for your children when they can't fight for themselves. You hope for them and you stay positive for them, and then run to the bathroom just to cry in the stall where they can't see.

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

Kathy Radigan | Posted 05.19.2015 | 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.

Teaching Our Children to Say Thank You

Jessica Bensten | Posted 05.08.2015 | Parents
Jessica Bensten

there are days when even the most dedicated people get run down and question their commitment. The next time you notice a good job, say something, do something and make something special out of an average day. What a great lesson we can teach our children.

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

Jay Scott | Posted 05.01.2015 | 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."

Coaches Curing Cancer Donates Gifts to Pediatric Cancer Research

HooplaHa | Posted 04.24.2015 | Good News
HooplaHa

When Grainne Owen gave birth to twins, she had to work hard to keep up with her sports loving and exuberant son, Killian. When Killian was five years old, however, he was diagnosed with Leukemia.

Early and Innovative Research: The Key to Breakthroughs

Jay Scott | Posted 04.17.2015 | Impact
Jay Scott

The early bird gets the worm. Slow and steady wins the race. For those of us who are parents, these may be familiar sayings that we tell our children to either get them moving, or instead have them slow down.

Caroline Bologna

6-Year-Old Hero Raises Money For Cancer Research While Battling A Brain Tumor

HuffingtonPost.com | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.15.2015 | Parents

Six-year-old Michael Mosier was diagnosed with a tumor in his brain stem on September 4, 2014 -- just one week after his birthday and his first day of...

Looking for Heroes

Marshall Stanger | Posted 04.10.2015 | Impact
Marshall Stanger

It's an incredible sight to see all of those people lining the streets for miles, with seemingly no square foot of concrete left uncovered. As I look around I will also see hundreds of runners wearing a "St. Jude Hero" singlet just like mine.

23 Photos That Show The Resilience And Strength Of Kids With Devastating Illnesses

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.09.2015 | Parents

For the past two years, photographer, law professor and mom of three Stacey Steinberg has offered free photography sessions to families facing "devast...

Deliveries of Hope From a Teen Who Conquered Cancer

Neil Willenson | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact
Neil Willenson

This past October, I was part of an unlikely and impromptu chorus singing at the funeral service for "Princess" Evey Cannon who died from cancer at the unfair and tender age of four years old.

How My Husband Transformed My Son's MRI Scans Into Incredible Adventures

Julie Meyer Taylor | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Julie Meyer Taylor

My husband was inspired: "The mask is part of your spacesuit!" he told Andrew. "You need to breathe different air because you are going to a different atmosphere!" He told him that the MRI machine was a rocket ship, and he would be traveling to different planets.

A Carrier of the Torch, Two-Time Childhood Cancer Fighter Maya Rigler Shows Character of My Daughter

Jay Scott | Posted 05.19.2015 | Impact
Jay Scott

Looking back I don't know if it was the inspiration of a courageous little girl who lived so close by, who was treated at the very same hospital, or our continued commitment in a world where it's hard to keep commitments, but I know that she and her siblings have gotten the message -- "when life gives you lemons, do something about it."

My Son's Guardian Angel

Nicole Skaro | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Nicole Skaro

My son was diagnosed with cancer. I quickly learned children do die. They die in horrific horrible ways. Ways adults can't even fathom. Ways that make you question God's existence.

21 Inspiring Photos Of Nurses And Doctors Shaving Their Heads For Pediatric Cancer Research

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 03.17.2015 | Parents

Each year around St. Patrick's Day, the St. Baldrick's Foundation hosts fundraisers across the U.S. in which people volunteer to shave their heads to ...

Beyond the Classroom, an Education in Making a Difference

Jay Scott | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Jay Scott

My daughter Alexandra "Alex" Scott, the creator of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, would be 19 years old now, and I don't think it's a shock to learn that I often wonder what she would be like today.

Penn State Students Dance for 46 Hours to Conquer Pediatric Cancer

Khadyon Reid | Posted 04.26.2015 | Impact
Khadyon Reid

The IFC/PanHellenic Dance Marathon (THON) is a yearlong effort to raise money and awareness in the fight against pediatric cancer, which concludes with an exuberant 46-hour no sleeping, no sitting dance marathon.

A Little Girl Asks, Where's Heaven? Part I

Michelle Frost | Posted 04.15.2015 | Parents
Michelle Frost

Carpools and T-Ball practice, which once ruled my schedule had now been replaced by something called a roadmap. A roadmap, that if closely followed, would come close to maybe guaranteeing a 70 percent cure rate. In the blink of an eye I had become a mom with a 30 percent chance of having their youngest child die before she reached her 7th birthday.

From Postal Worker to Nonprofit President

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 04.13.2015 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

At that moment, Annette discovered her true calling. She went from being a postal worker to becoming the leader of a charitable organization that has raised $35,000 for pediatric cancer patients in less than two years.

100 Million Reasons to Be Thankful

Jay Scott | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Jay Scott

While the common conjecture may be that summer is the most important time for us here at Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, the beginning of the year brings with it some special inspiration as well.

If I'd Let Fear Paralyze Me, I Wouldn't Have My Daughter

Jessica Bensten | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Jessica Bensten

I was afraid having a child with cancer had labeled me as defective. Everyone else was having healthy kids, so there must be something wrong with me.

My Sons Make Sacrifices So Their Brother Can Live

Nicole Skaro | Posted 03.29.2015 | Parents
Nicole Skaro

My sons lost both of their parents when Vito was diagnosed. There is no other way to say it. My other sons are on the back burner while we are in a fight for Vito's life.

Know That You Are Loved And By Love, We Live

Nicole Skaro | Posted 03.22.2015 | Parents
Nicole Skaro

I dream of a day I go broke paying for your college. I dream of a day you tell me you are traveling the world. I dream of a day you tell me you're in love. I dream of a day I hold my grandchild.

3-Year-Old With Cancer Gets Surprise Disney Trip With Adorable Send-Off From Her BFF

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 01.16.2015 | Parents

Three-year-old Juniper a.k.a "Juni" and her pal Violet are both battling a rare type of cancer called retinoblastoma. Last year, the Make-A-Wish Found...