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Childhood Cancer

Teen Dying Of Cancer Launches Viral 'Thumbs Up' Campaign

Posted 09.24.2012 | Impact

Lane Goodwin may not get the miracle he needs to beat back the rare cancer that put him in a hospice this week, but the 13-year-old got 100,000 people...

Choosing What to See

Judith Hannan | Posted 11.24.2012 | Parents
Judith Hannan

My challenge, to anyone who cares to tackle it, is to keep your eyes open a bit longer than you think you can stand. If for only one day this month, enter the world of childhood cancer. Become aware.

Donna's Cancer Story: Surgery 4.0

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.23.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

"Donna, I've noticed a lot lately that you don't always listen to me. I have to repeat myself and it's frustrating." Her response, quick as a whip, was, "You know, Mama, I want to go to the park every day and sometimes it rains." Suck it up, Mom, I'm 3, was the subtext. God, I love that girl.

Donna's Cancer Story: It's a Boy!

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.22.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

Donna developed a fever and we were told to bring her in to the ER. It was 3 a.m. on Christmas Eve and there was a blizzard happening. Poor Mary Tyler Dad was out in the alley trying to push the car and I was inches from delivery and trying to steer the car with my big belly in the way.

Tell Harry Reid: Let's Pass the Safe Chemicals Act Now!

Margie Kelly | Posted 11.20.2012 | Parents
Margie Kelly

Now is the time for action if you agree there should be a stronger law to protect your kids from toxic chemicals found in your couches, carpets, household cleaners, canned foods and more.

Donna's Cancer Story: Relapse 3.0

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.19.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

How to reconcile the girl in our photos, our beautiful Donna, with the photos the doctors order, those inside her body? How, as a parent, do you make sense of what you see in front of you and what the doctors tell you is happening?

Donna's Cancer Story: Surgery 3.0

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.17.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

"Watching your child undergo major surgery is like labor. You forget how bad it was the last time around in order to do it again, as needed."

Donna's Cancer Story: Relapse 2.0

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.16.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

When you are charged with waiting, you know that your life will take on an unbearable quality. Everything around you becomes a more intense version of itself. The sky is bluer, the flowers more brilliant. You want to capture everything and commit it to eternity. Just in case.

Donna's Cancer Story: Mother's Day

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.14.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

When you go through cancer treatments with your child, you meet some of the best people you will ever know.

Teen Battling Cancer Becomes Cover Girl! (WATCH)

Posted 10.17.2012 | Teen

UPDATE: After this story was published, Cover Girl released a photo of Talia and named her the "honorary face" of the cosmetic line. Scroll down to vi...

How I Stood Up To Cancer

Pearce Quesenberry | Posted 11.13.2012 | Teen
Pearce Quesenberry

Life is supposed to be pretty simple when you are 10 years old. My life, though, became very complicated when I was diagnosed with cancer in 2008.

Childhood Cancer Awareness

Sherri Bushong Maxey | Posted 11.12.2012 | Impact
Sherri Bushong Maxey

Children should never have to learn about blood counts, steroids, chemotherapies, radiation but the cold hard facts are that they do.

Donna's Cancer Story: Transplant, Part II

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.10.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

I cannot describe what it is like to see your child suffer and know that you are incapable of making it better.

A "Grand" Feat during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jay Scott | Posted 11.10.2012 | Impact
Jay Scott

In commemoration of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month I have enlisted four of my friends to join me as we "Run the Grand." What does that mean you ask? The five of us will run an entire marathon together -- through the Grand Canyon. Yes, that Grand Canyon, the very one you're thinking of, in Arizona.

Donna's Cancer Story: Transplant, Part I

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.09.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

As I was packing for the transplant stay, I pulled out the Wonder Woman cards and Donna grabbed the one at her head where Wonder Woman is holding open the jaws of a dinosaur. Donna looked at it and said, "She's going to fight that beast away, but right now it's scary." Amen, Donna.

Donna's Cancer Story: Questions

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.07.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

If you see a bald child, smile. Look their parent in the eye. Let them know you understand. Be aware that you are looking at greatness. Know that kid is amazing and brave and so very, heartbreakingly vulnerable. Just like Donna.

Radiothon: Being THAT Family

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.07.2012 | Chicago
Sheila Quirke

In twelve years of hosting the Radiothon, Eric and Kathy have raised over twenty million dollars for Children's Memorial. This morning, my husband, son and I will tell Donna's story with all of Chicagoland.

Childhood Cancer on My Mind

Margie Kelly | Posted 11.06.2012 | Parents
Margie Kelly

We all have busy lives but it's urgent that we each do more to stop kids from getting cancer.

Help Me Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) with Liz Rowan!

Porter Gale | Posted 11.06.2012 | Women
Porter Gale

"I am not going down without a fight. I am not dead yet. I will fight until my heart stops beating. I will not give up to this disease." Share your support for Liz by tweeting at her at @lizrowan1.

Donna's Cancer Story: Blessed Routine

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.05.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

When you are caring for a child with cancer, you take nothing for granted. Nothing.

Why You Should Be Reading Donna's Cancer Story, Even Though It Hurts

Carrie Goldman | Posted 11.04.2012 | Parents
Carrie Goldman

Choosing not to read about Donna is to miss out on a love story.

Donna's Cancer Story: Chemo Starts

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.04.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

The first month was terrifying for us. We did what we needed to do and were grateful for the opportunity; grateful for the ability to inject poison into our girl's thin, tiny veins, if that is what it took to rid her of cancer.

Donna's Cancer Story: Surgery 2.0

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.03.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

I was huddled in a corner wrapped in a prayer blanket that had been gifted to me that morning. There was a hush in the room and the nurses silently completed their task. The space felt sacred.

Donna's Cancer Story: Relapse

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.01.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

With a few weeks to absorb the diagnosis and Donna returning to her shiny self, we settled into Threat Level Orange and were relieved to be rid of the red.

Donna's Cancer Story: Diagnosis

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.01.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

"There is a mass in your daughter's head." There is a mass in your daughter's head. It bears repeating because with those words our lives changed: Just. Like. That.