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This post was written by Kayla Dickhoff, who lost her daughter Jocelyn to cancer in July 2013. How have birthdays changed since losing Jocelyn? After thinking about this, I realized the answer is quite complicated and lengthy. Not only has her birthday changed, but birthdays before and after her death have changed as well. On June 12, 2019, we will ...

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This piece was written by Joelle Oliver, mother to Patrick, who was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma in November 2018. Originally from Minnesota, the Oliver family had moved to Indonesia before Patrick's cancer diagnosis made it necessary for them to return to the United States for treatment. As I glance at the suitcase in the corner each time I enter the room, ...

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Sometimes, leukemia cancer cells are so powerful they can overcome the most potent of chemotherapies. Because of support in part by Children's Cancer Research Fund's donors, Peter Gordon, MD, PhD, an oncologist and researcher at the University of Minnesota, and his team could explore the reasons this happens, opening potential new avenues for treatment options for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) ...

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Dr. Angela Mortari uses a bioprinter to study spreading tumors. Photo courtesy of the University of Minnesota.  In today's cancer research world, ink can be made out of biological materials, and human tissue can be printed three-dimensionally. Angela Mortari, PhD, vice chair for research, professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School and director of ...

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Six-year-old Logan sits quietly in the back seat of his dad’s car, watching his favorite show, Thomas the Tank Engine. Outgoing and polite, Logan makes friends easily, is a hugger, and loves to flash his big, toothy grin. While Logan watches his favorite train characters on his iPad, his dad, Eric, recounts from the front seat the day when Logan’s ...

The post Logan’s Story – Persevering Through Relapse appeared first on Children's Cancer Research Fund.

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Two years ago, Carrie and Steve already had their hands full. As working parents to five daughters and owners of a cattle ranch in central Minnesota, they were a busy family, but happy that way. But when their youngest, Alizabeth, started feeling sick, everything changed. Carrie remembers the moment clearly – she was putting Alizabeth’s long blonde hair up in ...

The post Alizabeth’s Story – Full of Sparkle appeared first on Children's Cancer Research Fund.

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This essay was written by Gracie Bahr, a 17-year-old cancer survivor who found comfort in music therapy.  The sunrise begins to peek through the grand window of the hospital room and shines on a young child. As she wakes up, you notice that she is a feeble, thirteen year old girl. This is the girl’s third year treating for cancer. ...

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On an otherwise normal morning in July, 5-month-old Carson woke up crying – hard. Kelly, Carson’s mom, did everything she could to comfort him, but Carson was inconsolable and soon started vomiting. Kelly took him to pediatric urgent care, where doctors did an x-ray and then sent Carson and Kelly to the emergency room. Carson was admitted that night, since ...

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Seventeen-year-old Gracie has always been an athlete – her coaches and teammates recognized her as a hard worker, and she was usually among the first to finish the difficult running drills that kept her in shape to play basketball. But when she started slipping from the front of the pack to trailing her teammates, she had an inkling that something ...

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Last week, we lost a close friend and fearless advocate. Our dear friend Nathalia passed away peacefully in her home on April 19 surrounded by her family. She was 15 years old. Nat was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, bone cancer, in July of 2016 when she was just 12. When we were introduced to her in 2017, we met a girl ...

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