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Pediatric Cancer

Finding My Tribe After the Death of My Daughter

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 04.16.2014 | 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 03.26.2014 | 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 02.24.2014 | 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.

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 11.25.2013 | 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 11.18.2013 | 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 11.11.2013 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Samakow | Posted 08.15.2013 | 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.