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Pediatric Cancer

WATCH: Child Cancer Patient Petitions For Treatment

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.27.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Last Thanksgiving, 12-year-old McKenzie Lowe was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Her family is petitioning New Hampshire's governor to allow...

A Different Sleigh for the Holidays: The Cancer Slayer

Jay Scott | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Jay Scott

By definition, to slay is to destroy or extinguish, but in the case of 15-year-old Jordan Vincent, the moniker she has been given, "the cancer slayer," is much more heroic than the distinction conveys.

Beating The Odds: A Victory Over Cancer

Marlo Thomas | Posted 01.25.2014 | MarloThomas
Marlo Thomas

I've always been a champion of kids pursuing their dreams. But sometimes in life, extraordinary circumstances may force us to temporarily put our dreams on hold. The most important thing is to never lose sight of that dream, no matter what punches life may throw in our way.

Rock for Ronan: Couple Inspired by Taylor Swift's Song Seek to Turn World Gold

Rainesford Alexandra | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Rainesford Alexandra

The difference between this love story and all the rest? The girl is singer/songwriter phenomenon Taylor Swift, and the blue-eyed object of her affection is Ronan Thompson, who passed away in May of 2011 after battling Stage 4 Neuroblastoma cancer.

Get Nostalgic While Dancing For A Cause (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 11.07.2013 | College

Yo tell me what you want, what you really really want! The University of Delaware will tell you what they want, what they really really want! They...

Words of Wisdom From My Daughter: 'I Believe in Miracles'

Jay Scott | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jay Scott

I'm not here to tell you about a miracle that saved my daughter's life; instead of I'm here to tell you about the miracle that was her life, and how her 8 ½ years of life have left an enduring impact on the lives of other children battling cancers.

The Cause I Wish More Celebrity Moms Would Champion

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

It's mean-spirited to blame Romijn (or Christina Applegate or Melissa Etheridge) for choosing breast cancer as their cause. But as the parent of a child who lost her life to a pediatric brain tumor, I wish just one of these celebs would lend their wow factor to childhood cancer.

Government Shutdown Makes Everyone A Child Cancer Advocate Now, But What About After?

Jay Scott | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jay Scott

Childhood cancer deserves more funding from the federal government, certainly more than the small percentage it is receiving during the shutdown, but also more than the small percentage that it receives yearly.

From Bolivia to Memphis: The Long Road to Beating Bone Cancer

Gabriela Salinas | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Gabriela Salinas

recently asked my mother what it felt like to hear those words from the doctors. She told me she has never felt so helpless. She said she could not believe her child was going to die, not because a treatment did not exist, but because she did not have the money to pay for it.

Aspiring Neurosurgeon Survives Brain Cancer

Dr. Lisa T. Williams | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Dr. Lisa T. Williams

There wasn't much of that interview he remembered, but the one question that stuck out in his mind was what type of doctor he wanted to be when he grew up. "I want to be a pediatric neurosurgeon," he answered. Four days later, the first headache came.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: Hall of Fame, Hall of Shame

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Suzanne Leigh

To mark September's Childhood Cancer Awareness month, I'm identifying the heroes and the heavyweights -- and the tricksters and bottom-line bureaucrats.

Tale of Two Futures: Mom Reflects On Childhood Cancer

Tamiko Toland | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Tamiko Toland

So many of these "hopeless" cases have returned home with buoyant grins and newly sprouting hair. Others have slipped beyond their parents' grasp, where a mother's final hope is that researchers can learn from her child's disease and save others in the future.

Awareness... What A Bullsh*t Word

Erin Santos | Posted 11.10.2013 | Parents
Erin Santos

Times are changing. These kids are fighting harder and longer. Their stories are getting out there because the chemo drugs are not curing kids, but they are extending their lives. People ARE aware of them. Awareness of pediatric cancer is out there. But now we are getting stalled because the movement is not moving.

Allowing a Child's Dream to Take Shape - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jay Scott | Posted 11.05.2013 | Impact
Jay Scott

When my daughter, Alexandra "Alex" Scott, told a reporter in 2004 that she wanted to raise $1 million to help find a cure for childhood cancer, the first thing that went through many people's minds (including mine) was -- that's impossible.

Whoops! Beloved Kid's Cancer Hospital Makes Ham-Fisted Shot at Strumming Heartstrings

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 10.26.2013 | Impact
Suzanne Leigh

I've criticized St. Jude in the past, for failing to draw attention to those childhood cancers with prognoses that have remained unchanged for decades. But our family participates in its marathons and walks and will continue to do so. However, something's up with its latest campaign to get its repeat donors to dig deep.

Jessica Samakow

Dad Makes Moving Video Game About Cancer | Jessica Samakow | Posted 04.14.2015 | Parents

If you hold tight enough, nothing will take him, right? It's a heartbreaking yet intimate thought, and it's only one of many wrenching statements ...

Is Laughter Really the Best Medicine?

Jay Scott | Posted 10.12.2013 | Impact
Jay Scott

Are you wondering what exactly I mean by pranks? Sure, I tell my fair share of jokes, but I also like to remind all of Team Alex that we deal with a heavy topic here, so to keep ourselves on the right track, we have fun too.

Words of Wisdom From My Daughter: 'Be Grateful For What You Do Have, Not Unhappy For What You Don't'

Jay Scott | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Jay Scott

I learned so much from my daughter Alex, and am eternally grateful for those years that I did have with her. I continue to hold her close now, and follow in her footsteps to better treatments and cures. We won't let you down.

How Far Would You Go... A Million Miles?

Jay Scott | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Jay Scott

There aren't many certainties in this life, but one thing I know for sure is that when your child is sick, fighting a life-threatening illness, as a parent, you would do anything to cure them.

This Father's Day, Meet the Dad of 7-Year-Old Brain Cancer Inspiration Jack Hoffman of 'Team Jack'

Joy Huber | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Joy Huber

Jack Hoffman caused more than a nation to fall in love with him when he dashed into the hearts of millions running 69 yards during the University of Nebraska's Spring Game in Lincoln!

A Recipe for Success - Lemonade Days Returns With the Help of Some Famous Foodies

Jay Scott | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Jay Scott

As we have done every year since my daughter Alexandra "Alex" Scott held her very first front yard lemonade stand, volunteers across the country will host over 2,000 lemonade stands and events to raise funds for the fight against kids' cancer during National Lemonade Days.

The Words I Don't Like Hearing After My Daughter's Death

Sheila Quirke | Posted 06.08.2013 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

The words we use to talk about cancer, in children and adults, influence how we think about cancer and those unlucky enough to be touched by it. Survivors are called "victorious" and "winners." Those who have not survived their cancer are called "angels" and "in a better place.

Running Another 26 Miles to Reach Six Figures for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Marshall Stanger | Posted 06.04.2013 | Impact
Marshall Stanger

Our gratefulness for everything that St. Jude had done for us could not be understated. That is why, when we heard that the hospital is the primary benefitting charity for the St. Jude Country Music Marathon, we felt like we had found an opportunity to give back.

The FDA and Childhood Cancer -- the Change That Has to Come -- Piece No. II

Jonathan Agin | Posted 05.26.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

It starts with us as advocates educating our physicians on these pathways and expanding the overall knowledge base of these channels. This is often difficult for a parent who is trying to balance saving their child with making every moment count.

Be Brave N' Fly for the Bravest of Them All

David Plotkin | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
David Plotkin

When one couples physical fitness with a great cause, we find ourselves training harder to achieve our goals. The greater the cause, the harder the workout. I believe that there is a spark that ignites within and takes the workout and us to a higher level.