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Childhood Cancer

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

Lili Zarghami | Posted 07.08.2014 | 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 06.21.2014 | 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 06.19.2014 | 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 06.17.2014 | 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 06.09.2014 | 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 06.05.2014 | 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 05.30.2014 | 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 05.27.2014 | 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.

At Commencement, Focus Is on the Graduate -- But What Happens to Parents?

Judith Hannan | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Judith Hannan

After mothering with such intensity, I had to ask, "What do I do now?" Like Harold with his purple crayon in the children's book, I knew I would have to write myself into a new place.

Stephen Sutton Dies From Cancer At 19 After Doing More Good Than Most Of Us Ever Will

Reuters | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact

(Adds background) LONDON, May 14 (Reuters) - A British teenage cancer sufferer who raised more than 3 million pounds ($5 million) for ...

Boy Battling Cancer Gets 2,000 Birthday Cards From Around The World, Can't Stop Smiling

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 05.10.2014 | Good News

What's better than one birthday card? Two thousand of them, of course. And few know that better than Max, a young boy in Boston, whose friend, Benn...

The Worst Mother's Day Of My Life -- And What's Happened Since

Lisa Farrow Vaughan | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Lisa Farrow Vaughan

Every year in the beginning of May, I try to allow myself some space to mourn the loss of that pre-cancer life, the time when I could still try to rein in my anxiety and fears with a rational voice, when I could still comfort myself with statistics about the "rarity" of childhood cancer.

Beyond 'Survival'

Marie McGrory | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Marie McGrory

As I talk to my fellow survivors I truly can't believe I spent so many years disconnected from this group of my peers with such an incredible shared experience. Through opening up about our stories I am learning so much about this long journey of survivorship we are all on.

The Compassionate Use Conundrum

Jonathan Agin | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

The bad news is that in many instances, the drugs that show promise for these newly found targets are not available for that form of cancer treatment. And that brings us full circle.

Diagnosed at 16: What Having Childhood Cancer Taught Me

Julia Hernandez | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact
Julia Hernandez

Four years later, I still remember the feeling that took over my family and me on Valentine's Day 2010. And every year my friends know that I might need some extra chocolate or a bigger hug to get through the day.

Finding My Tribe After the Death of My Daughter

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 06.16.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

There is laughter and smiles and happy recollections of our late children, and there are tears and sobs and anguished recollections of our late children.

National Sibling Day: The importance of Siblings and the Care That We Must Provide Them

Jay Scott | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact
Jay Scott

In life, there are only a handful of people who can say they have known you for your entire life. Among them, of course are your parents, but also those who stand beside you, your comrades, your siblings.

Beyond Basketball, What the UConn Huskies Mean to My Family

Jay Scott | Posted 06.08.2014 | Impact
Jay Scott

I feel lucky to count myself among the early believers in Huskies basketball. As I wear my UConn shirt proudly today, I remember when the campus community rallied around our entire family.

I Want to Die Smiling

Danielle Posa | Posted 06.07.2014 | Women
Danielle Posa

When I tell people I had cancer, they usually feel bad for me. Yet, I feel that I'm lucky because the fragility of life has been woven into the fabric of my being.

The Moving Reason These 70 Rabbis Shaved Their Heads

Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion

Dozens of rabbis are heading home with a lot less hair from the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) Convention. Rabbis came together as us...

Bald Is Beautiful: The Message That Got One Young Girl Banned From School

Stephanie Madsen | Posted 05.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Madsen

Having lost my hair several times over from the slew of cancer treatments I've received over the last two years, I understand what it feels like to be bald. I am nearly 20 years older than Delaney, and can't even fathom what she has had to go through at such a young age.

Syrian Civil War Is Killing Kids' Chances Of Beating Cancer

Jay Scott | Posted 05.25.2014 | Impact
Jay Scott

The inaccessibility to health care in Syria is only adding to the death toll of the war. A country that was once envied for its government-funded healthcare system is now only a shell of that, with 60 percent of its hospitals destroyed or damaged, and many doctors exiting the country as swiftly as everyone else.

I'm Playing Cancer Before It Plays Me

Sabrina Dominguez | Posted 05.13.2014 | Teen
Sabrina Dominguez

I've been preparing myself for battle since I was a 5th grader fighting it out on the basketball court. I've been slowly building my armor from the day I was born. And although I might still be young in your eyes, I can guarantee you a war in which I will be victorious.