Category Archives: Cancer

Two Little Words

Two words that are used most when people contact Members of the House or Senate are: “I want,” and “I need.” Representatives and Senators hear them everyday. The two words they seldom hear are “Thank You.” This year alone, Congress … Continue reading

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September 2018 in our Capitol

Updated 9/12/18 CureFest will operate as planned. Special Notice: Hurricane Florence WILL NOT have an impact on CureFest. Please read the following statement from CureFestUSA CureFest will post regular updates on our facebook page. The surest way to receive updates is to … Continue reading

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Lock up September 2018.

We all know that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a 30 day period each year that is set aside for the children, or is it?. It’s a chance for us to make the world pay a little more … Continue reading

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SU2C Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities Available From Stand Up to Cancer Dear SU2C Friends: We have three SU2C funding opportunities to bring to your attention. We would also appreciate you forwarding this announcement to your colleagues who might be interested in these topics. … Continue reading

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4 TIMER

Editor’s Note: Most times, when you meet someone for the first time, either in person or digitally, you never know which road they used to come into your life. Rachel Edwards certainly used the road less traveled when she came … Continue reading

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Turn Away… You may not want to hear this

About eleven years ago, I was with my middle daughter, JoAnna Baber on our overnight shift at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, CA watching over my 18 month old grandson and her nephew, Conor after he had lifesaving surgery … Continue reading

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How can a baby be a hero?

Yes!  A baby can be a hero! Babies are saving lives with their life saving cord blood stem cells. These miracle cells are currently being used to treat and cure more than 80 life-threatening illnesses, including many cancers, immune deficiencies … Continue reading

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Cord Blood, a life line

We are living in truly amazing times as scientists are just beginning to understand the power of stem cells. In particular, cord blood stem cells are providing new hope to cancer patients throughout the world. At Save the Cord Foundation, … Continue reading

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CAVATICA Genomics Data Sharing

Editor’s Note: CAVATICA completed Beta testing and went live on October 17, 2016.  This is a huge step in the right direction to eliminate silos of data and enter a new world of data sharing. The complete story can bed … Continue reading

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$30 million for AYA

  Editor’s Note:   Update September 28, 2018: Congress Heard You Again!  New research funding opportunities for childhood and AYA cancer are now available AND the FY19 Defense Appropriations Act provides $90 million (M) to the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Cancer … Continue reading

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The Cancer Moonshot: Are Our Kids Stepping on the Moon Too?

On September 12, 1962 President Kennedy delivered his famous “moonshot” speech. Declaring that as a nation, we would focus vast resources to landing a man on the moon and safely bringing that man back to earth. It was ambitious and … Continue reading

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Broken Trust

I just can’t believe what I read the other day and what I am about to write about right now. This about trust—trust between patients and their healthcare providers. This is about trust that is being broken. What I read: … Continue reading

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Fly Me to the Moon

President Obama called for an end to cancer in his State of the Union Address to the nation this year. He tasked his own Vice President with the job and since then the buzz word “Moonshot” has offered renewed hope … Continue reading

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I Gladly Spoke Up for Kids With Cancer Today

I spent a brrrrrr cold Thursday afternoon in Philadelphia, at a Cancer Precision Medicine Conference in Philadelphia, hosted by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the Philadelphia Media Network. It was the first time that representatives from 6 … Continue reading

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A 10 year old, Speaking from Experience

  Natalia Sofia is a childhood cancer survivor. Two years ago, she was only eight years old and diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma of her femur. She has endured surgery, intense chemotherapies and radiation treatments. She suffers from side effects of … Continue reading

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Bereavement Meeting

Last night I went to a bereavement group. It’s for parents that have had a child die. I actually like to go to these meetings. There are no pretenses. We are all walking down the same path. We understand each … Continue reading

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Open Letter to Congress

Dear Member of Congress, As you are preparing to make decisions about 2017 funding for the National Institute of Health (NIH) please consider a few things. Childhood cancer is the #1 disease related killer of kids in the U.S. The … Continue reading

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As Our Children Wait – Part 4, Conclusion

The rate of childhood cancer has been escalating since the 1970’s, today 1 in 285 children will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20. Our children continue to die, suffer and be irreparably harmed and all the while, … Continue reading

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As Our Children Wait – Part 3

Childhood cancer has been on the rise since the 1970s, a White House task force was formed in the 1990s to look at the underlying causes of children’s health issues. Episode 1 provided an overview of the Children’s Health Act … Continue reading

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As Our Children Wait – Part 2

“As Our Children Wait, Part 1”  discussed the Children’s Health Act of 2000, which was passed after extensive work by a White House task force recognized concerns about children’s health. The Children’s Health Act required the National Institute of Health (NIH) … Continue reading

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