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This is where you’ll find current news articles, kids stories and research news about pediatric cancer and other rare diseases. We’ll also keep you informed on what’s happening at Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

| September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time to honor and remember children and families affected…Read More

“They Should Have Fed Him More Broccoli.”

| When Zach was diagnosed with osteosarcoma almost seven years ago, I wondered why? Why did this otherwise strong and healthy…Read More

Infant leukemia: A team approach

| Among all childhood cancers, leukemia in infancy is rare and challenging for researchers and doctors tasked with understanding causes and…Read More

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“At Least It’s Just Non-Hodgkin”

| “At least it’s just non-Hodgkin.” I was baffled by what came out of her mouth. After confiding and sharing my brother’s official diagnosis, puzzled, I asked her to repeat what she’d just said. “At least it’s JUST non- Hodgkin. It’s curable,” she said. Somehow, I was supposed to find comfort in the “world of multiple types of cancer”…Read More

As Each Day Passes, My Heart Gets Heavier

| As each day passes, my heart gets heavier. With each sunset, I feel another 100 pounds across my back. When my son Dom was 3, we mentioned to my mom possibly wanting to have more kids. I couldn’t understand how I could love children the same because at the time I couldn’t fathom loving anyone more than Dom.…Read More

Three Years and Five Words

| My toddler, Finn, knows five words: mama, dada, raccoon, Daisy (my parent’s dog) — and Zach. Four of these words he picked up on his own, the last one I heavily influenced. As soon as Finn was old enough to understand words and expressions, I’d carry him to our hallway, show him a photo of my brother, point emphatically…Read More

Butterfly Award Winner: The Dykes Family

| Each year, Children’s Cancer Research Fund presents Butterfly Awards to individuals, teams and organizations who have contributed significant time, service and resources to ending childhood cancer. This year, our ambassador family Butterfly Award goes to the Dykes family for their incredible commitment to our cause. Diagnosed with a brain tumor at just six weeks old, Mindy and David…Read More

When Late Effects Can’t Be Fixed

| We Had It Good We had it good. We had a brain tumor survivor who was thriving. Sure, he had late effects: Stroke damage, hearing loss, partial blindness, speech difficulty, cognitive delays (which is a nice way of saying his brain and his mouth don’t work well together), drop foot causing trouble with balance, issues controlling body temp, fatigue from…Read More

If You Don’t Have Hope, What Do You Have?

| I’ve stared at cancer every day for the last two years, not once, not twice, but three times. Cancer knows I’m not going to budge; I’m not going to let it win. Cancer has become part of me because cancer became a part of my brother. “I have a 30 percent chance that I’m…Read More

New Grants Provide Support for Childhood Cancer Clinical Trials

| Children’s Cancer Research Fund, in partnership with Momcology, a national peer support foundation for pediatric cancer families, has awarded $180,000 in grants to nine hospitals to conduct early phase research and clinical trials for children with cancer. The funds were raised as part of the 2016 Great Cycle…Read More

To the Kid Who is Going Through What I Went Through

| To the kid who is going through what I went through, you are not alone. I understand your fears and uncertainties. I’ve been there, and I lived to share my story. I know what it’s like to hear the word “cancer” in reference to myself and feel dumbfounded and confused, knowing that my childhood would no longer be carefree. The…Read More

“They Should Have Fed Him More Broccoli.”

| When Zach was diagnosed with osteosarcoma almost seven years ago, I wondered why? Why did this otherwise strong and healthy boy - a boy who had been to the doctor only once in the previous three years - get bone cancer? Other people had the same question. “They should have fed him more broccoli.” One woman said after…Read More

Meet our Supporters: John Poferl

| John, a longtime supporter of CCRF, holds a lively annual kickball/softball tournament each year in honor of his fun-loving sister, Katie, who passed away from cancer at age 20. We are grateful for John’s commitment to raising awareness through Love Beer. Hate Cancer. and we’re honored to share more of his story with you! About John Poferl I’m 32 years…Read More

Faces of Childhood Cancer: Nevaeh

| Nevaeh Medulloblastoma Survivor Eight-year-old Nevaeh wears a gold cape in the grocery store. Her hair up in a pony-tail, she’s ready to get to work bagging groceries to fund brain cancer research through her fundraiser, Superkids Never Quit. Though Nevaeh has always had a tender, compassionate heart, her medulloblastoma diagnosis gave her focus: to defeat…Read More

Faces of Childhood Cancer: Jocelyn

| Jocelyn June 12, 2006 – July 6, 2013 One evening in July, Kayla ate at McDonald’s with her husband and kids, Reid, Liam, Harper and Everleigh. This might seem like a typical scene after a hot Fourth of July weekend, but for Kayla’s family, it meant more: They were remembering their eldest daughter and sister…Read More

Faces of Childhood Cancer: Dexter

| Dexter Neuroblastoma Survivor We first met Dexter at Minneapolis’ Ronald McDonald House. Eight years old at the time, he sat cross-legged on the living room couch prepared with his white, netted radiation mask and his long strings of Beads of Courage, beads used to commemorate the milestones he’s achieved through his treatment. That day, Dexter…Read More

Meet Kaitlyn: “It’s Important Not to Drop the Things You Love”

| Kaitlyn is the sibling of childhood cancer survivor, Luke. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, bone cancer, when he was 8 years old. Kaitlyn is the oldest of four siblings and is pursuing a career in child family life. She shared a glimpse of what her experience was like. What was the hardest thing to watch your brother endure?Read More

“I Can Promise You We Will Never Stop Fighting”

| Ashley, a mom of two, started detailing her son’s journey with Langerhans cell histiocytosis after he was diagnosed in October of 2015.  Amidst the day-to-day life,  she shares Lexyn’s and their family’s experiences. As I tucked Lexyn into bed one night, I laid beside him and asked if he was nervous for our much anticipated trip.  In his…Read More

Older Articles

| Braving a Battle of Their Own

| I Was Happy Fighting

| Great Cycle Challenge USA Raises Over $3 million for Childhood Cancer

| Depression and Survivor’s Guilt After Leukemia

| The New Normal: Nothing’s Normal

| A Letter to my Pre-Cancer Self

| As the Train Passes

| 5 Things to Write in a Card

| “Is There Anything I Can Do?”  There Is, and Here’s How

| Telemarketing Occurrences with Children’s Cancer Recovery Fund

| 5 Ways to Support a Family Facing Cancer

| How a Small Birthmark Changed Our Life

| What to Say (and What Not to Say) to a Family Facing Cancer

| A New Era for Children with Neurofibromatosis

| Watching, Waiting and Skating

| I Had to Stay Strong

| She Wasn’t Breathing; Her Heart Stopped

| An Unfamiliar, Familiar Place

| An Unfortunate Coincidence

| Silver Strings and the Fear of Relapse

| What Bravery Means to Me

| Happy

| This New Life

| I Will Always be the “Baby”

| As My Daughter Goes Through Surgery

| Defeating “This Beast”: How one mother plans to beat osteosarcoma

| My Son Taught Me to Overcome

| Things that Beating the “C” Word Taught me About Life

| Overcoming the Port Access

| Research in Sarcomas Gets Help from Man’s Best Friend

| Turning 1,600 iPhones of Data into Targeted Treatments

| Conquering Fear: Griffin’s Story

| Stronger Together: 35th Annual Dawn of a Dream

| Butterfly Awards

| Community Highlights

| Ryan, Shannon, & Fish’s KS95 for Kids Radiothon

| Meet Mikaela

| Picnic of Hope

| Words I Never Want to Say

| The November of Grief

| Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund Surpasses $1 Million

| Holding Hands with a Butterfly

| Join the Movement!

| New Strategies for Fighting Leukemia

| Childhood Cancer Awareness Month