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Pediatric Cancer

This Is What Pediatric Cancer Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents

"I never thought I'd hear those words, 'Your daughter has cancer' ... and then one day I did," says Melissa Bradley, whose 4-year-old daughter, Belle,...

20 Things A Cancer Mom Knows By Heart

Jessica Bensten | Posted 09.12.2014 | 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 09.19.2014 | 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.

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...

Teen With Cancer Remixes Jay-Z, Shows There's Room To Laugh

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 09.04.2014 | Impact

Paging Jay Z: There’s a teen at a hospital in Philadelphia with whom you may want to collaborate. Since April, Tom G., 19, has been battling acut...

Overcoming Adversity, a Step at a Time

Jay Scott | Posted 09.02.2014 | 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?

The Best Facebook Post I've Seen in a Long Time

Mike Porath | Posted 07.31.2014 | Parents
Mike Porath

My favorite posts on Facebook are ones that share something honest and meaningful -- an opinion, a thought, a perspective, an experience. Of all my friends, the one who does this most consistently is Milan Chakraborty, an old college buddy who is now a film producer.

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

Jay Scott | Posted 07.31.2014 | 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.

Don't Label My Late Child a Hero

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 07.28.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

But I remain guarded about the reckless use of the "h" word when it comes to cancer. Natasha was kind, compassionate and gracious, but over time she did not bear her disease with astonishing bravery.

The Sohn Investment Conference: Head, Heart, and Hedge Funds

April Rudin | Posted 08.23.2014 | Business
April Rudin

"Follow your passion" has become something of a cliché in the self-help sections of America's bookstores and in the kinds of advice columns and blogs...

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?

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.

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.

Joseph Erbentraut

These Stunning Photos Show The Strength And Beauty Of Children Battling Cancer

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 05.09.2014 | Parents

At the time these children are photographed, they are quite literally fighting the battle of their young lives. And that's exactly why the images take...

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.

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.

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...

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.

Don't Take it for Granted

Chad Leathers | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Chad Leathers

Those whispered words echoed through the hospital room, nearly muffling the endless beeps of monitoring equipment.

We Must Never Give Up

Jay Scott | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Jay Scott

She heard the words "no," "impossible," and "never" more times than most, but she believed that with the help of others, she could make a difference, and she was right.

The Spirit of the Holiday Season (and the New Year) - Giving Back

Jay Scott | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact
Jay Scott

In recent weeks I've had many conversations about this very topic, the spirit of the holiday season, and I've heard many stories of those who volunteer their time during this very busy season.

How Did 13 Docs Fail to Diagnose Teen's Fatal Tumor?

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Suzanne Leigh

I've shared stories with parents whose children, like my own daughter, have or have had a brain tumor. Many parents say that it took weeks, or even months, for their children to be correctly diagnosed. In our case, we were one of the "lucky" ones -- although I hesitate to use that word because my child died, albeit five years after diagnosis.

The Future of the AYA Cancer Movement: A Chat With Dr. Leonard Sender

Emily Drake | Posted 02.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Emily Drake

Among his many achievements, Dr. Sender developed the joint Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program at CHOC Children's and UC Irvine Health and is currently the chairman of the United States' largest AYA patient advocacy group: Stupid Cancer. I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Sender to discuss his views on the AYA movement.