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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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I see you. Because I was you.

| Poem written by Anna Schetinski About Anna: I was just a regular girl, living a normal life when in an instant something terrible happened. I realized that life is fragile- not to be taken for granted. I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma when I was sixteen years old and it changed me forever. I survived to share my story, and I…Read More

Finding Strength in a Suitcase

| What I remember most from this past year is my suitcase. Every weekend proceeds as so: pack my suitcase, throw it in the car, drive to the suburbs, drag it into the house, unpack, treat it like a closet for two days, pack it again, drag it to the car, drive back to the city, unpack, get ready for work.…Read More

Butterfly Award Winner: JoAnn Schultz

| 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. We’re truly thankful for the passion and commitment shared by JoAnn Schultz, an incredible Care Partners volunteer! JoAnn has provided wonderful support for children and families since 2009 as a Care Partners volunteer…Read More

He Will Never Let Me Forget

| I stand in a room untouched for 4 years. As I run my hand on the bed I feel the cold cotton of the blanket, knowing that it will never be warmed by the body of my brother again. The room is filled to the brim with oddities. A football helmet, a dried boutineer, a collection of Red Bull…Read More

How I Care for My Brother Now

| It’s funny how one place can create so many narratives in your life. For me, that place is the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities. Nestled in my dorm room surrounded by the cloud of a November mid-afternoon, it’s where I got the piercing phone call that my 14-year-old brother wasn’t just my brother anymore; He was going to be “a…Read More

Using Tiny Particles to Deliver Drugs Directly to Leukemia Cells and Other Cancers

| Thanks to donors like you, Peter Gordon, MD, PhD, has already discovered how to deliver drugs to leukemia cells using nanoparticles. Typically, these tiny particles are about 20–100 nanometers in size. To put that in perspective, a sheet of newspaper is about 100,000 nanometers thick. This novel delivery system may help cancer drugs be more effective while making patients less…Read More

Darkness Showed Me How to Be Stronger

| Written by Danny Valerius, leukemia survivor I am Danny Valerius, and I am a 12-year-old seventh grader. I like to do good, learn in school, play lots of basketball, talk to my friends and hang out with my three older brothers. I like the color yellow and try to use it as much as I can at any time. Watching…Read More

The Things You Never Thought You Would Have to Choose

| Life is all about choices.  From the simple ones we make every day to the ultra-complex that nothing can prepare you to make. When you decide with your spouse that it’s time to have a family, you only think of the joy that will come.  You think of the smiles, the things your child will do for the first time,…Read More

The Next Generation of Leukemia Therapy

| Childhood B-cell leukemia can be a devastating disease that is currently treated with chemotherapy and hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). Though effective in some patients, chemotherapy and HCT can be highly toxic. In addition, when children relapse, it is associated with a poor outcome. Mark Osborn, PhD, is working on an innovative solution that could have an immediate impact on childhood…Read More

Early Leukemia Detection in Newborns

| Leukemia is one of the most common childhood cancers, representing approximately one-third of all cancer diagnoses among children under the age of 14. Studies show that a subset of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common type of leukemia in children, begins in the womb. Researchers discovered a genetic error that is present at birth in some children who later…Read More

Disgustingly Normal

| I don’t think we will ever get used to or get over the feeling of our stomachs sinking every time Brooklyn goes under anesthesia. I have lost count, but sedation has happened maybe 25 or 30 times in the past 11 months. Checking in at Pediatric Sedation is a disgustingly normal Friday for us. Think of a time…Read More

Tough Beyond Her Years: Brooklyn’s Story

| Three-year-old Brooklyn wears colorful, patterned leggings and never leaves home without slipping on at least one purple item of clothing (in addition to her bright purple shoes). Along with reading “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed,” watching “Frozen” and playing with her kitchen set, she also thinks chemo shots, sedation and blood draws are just part of growing up.Read More

I Trust Anyway

| I lay here next to my 9-year-old son in his hospital bed. I stay close. When the next seizure starts, I’ll be able to reach the round red alert button tucked safely in his pack and push it quickly. The pack carries nearly 30 electrode wires that transmit his brain activity – each wire is scrubbed and glued to his…Read More

Building Up Leukemia Patients’ Immune Systems

| We want to create less toxic, more effective treatments for kids with leukemia. Here’s one of the many ways supporters like you are helping fund leukemia research: Certain types of leukemia treatments include stem cell transplants. A stem cell transplant replaces immature blood-forming cells in the bone marrow that have been destroyed by drugs, radiation or disease. They are injected…Read More

You Wrote The Next Chapter

| Only 4 percent of federal cancer research funding goes to childhood cancer, and you didn’t let that discourage you. You decided to do something about it this year. And because of that you’re: • Helping scientists see a clearer picture of deadly bone cancers, so they will be able to identify children at high-risk and monitor them more closely. That…Read More

Older Articles

| A Gift That Never Comes Too Late

| Easing the Pain of Transplant: Alex’s Story

| “Mommy, do kids with cancer celebrate Christmas?”

| Unlocking the Door to Ewing Sarcoma

| I Hope I Always Have Tears

| 2016 Research Highlights: What Donors Made Possible

| Drawing the Line

| An Out

| “At Least It’s Just Non-Hodgkin”

| As Each Day Passes, My Heart Gets Heavier

| Three Years and Five Words

| Butterfly Award Winner: The Dykes Family

| When Late Effects Can’t Be Fixed

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

| New Grants Provide Support for Childhood Cancer Clinical Trials

| To the Kid Who is Going Through What I Went Through

| “They Should Have Fed Him More Broccoli.”

| Meet our Supporters: John Poferl

| Faces of Childhood Cancer: Nevaeh

| Faces of Childhood Cancer: Jocelyn

| Faces of Childhood Cancer: Dexter

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

| “I Can Promise You We Will Never Stop Fighting”

| 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