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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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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

A Gift That Never Comes Too Late

| When you lose someone close, it’s the memories that bring them back to life again. The holidays are particularly hard, so when my heart aches for Zach and I need to feel close to him again, I put on my headphones, tap on a playlist of songs from when he was alive and I travel back to better times when…Read More

Easing the Pain of Transplant: Alex’s Story

| “I begged for Megan to come in every day,” Alex told us, with his sister Kirsten and mother Nancy nearby. While most of his friends are headed off to college, Alex is fighting his latest post-stem cell transplant symptom: a knocked-down immune system and painful shingles that spread over his back, abdomen, head, face and mouth — one of the…Read More

“Mommy, do kids with cancer celebrate Christmas?”

| Written by Michelle Cavanaugh, mother of pelvic rhabdomyosarcoma survivor, Callie. She is also a family physician. “Mommy, do kids with cancer celebrate Christmas?”  This was the question that my 7-year-old daughter asked from the backseat, out of the blue, one day as we turned into our drive after a shopping trip with her Grammie and me. It…Read More

Unlocking the Door to Ewing Sarcoma

| The answers to a deadly childhood bone cancer could be locked in a database holding 1,600 iPhones’ worth of data. And thanks to a gift from a Children’s Cancer Research Fund donor, scientists will be able to unlock and analyze the data, potentially discovering the genetic markers that cause Ewing sarcoma. Once doctors find this information, they may be able…Read More

I Hope I Always Have Tears

| No matter how much we plan or how well we deal with grief it finds ways to sneak in.  It found me recently when I shared a little about Quinn, my daughter who passed away April 7, 2012.  It showed up in the form of eyes filled with tears—tears I could not seem to stop.  We are blessed to…Read More

2016 Research Highlights: What Donors Made Possible

| From using a child’s own cells to fight cancer to creating next generation leukemia therapies, you’re helping turn researcher’s ideas into life-saving realities. Here are some of the projects you helped fund this past year. Using a Person’s Own Immune System to Fight Cancer When the immune system fails, cancer is allowed to grow and thrive.…Read More

Drawing the Line

| Brooklyn was 2½ when we went to get her hair cut for the first time.  Her long, blonde, curly hair was reduced to an adorable pixie cut.  She wore it well, but it was not what I pictured for my little girl’s first haircut. She was a few weeks into her 2½ year chemotherapy treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia,…Read More

An Out

| The only “birthday” we celebrated with my daughter, Quinn, was in our arms on the day of her actual birth. She passed away two days short of 8 months of life. And, as we approached Quinn’s 5th birthday I thought: What would life be like with Quinn here? Would she be happy? Would she be healthy? How pretty…Read More

“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

Older Articles

| 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

| 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