Tag Archives: NCI

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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#MoreThan4 NCI Email Exchange

The National Cancer Institute recently sent a response to an email sent to them containing a selfie and a #MoreThan4 flyer. You may have received one. Below is the NCI email and our response. Thank you for taking the time … Continue reading

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Compassionate Use

You may remember the #SaveJosh news articles in the spring of 2014 where little Josh Hardy’s family mounted, as a last ditch effort, a social media campaign to get him into a clinical trial that St. Jude’s doctors said was … Continue reading

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The Fault in Our Systems

by Nathan Traller, Nathalie’s father Editor’s Note: Nathan’s daughter was diagnosed with Aveolar Soft Part Sarcoma (ASPS) two years ago and he has been fighting to get her into a possible life saving clinical trial for PD1 and PDL1. Time … Continue reading

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30% Funding Cuts

Just weeks before she died of a brain tumor, ten-year-old Gabriella Miller put it best. When asked what message she would give to the nation’s political leaders about the need for children’s cancer research, she responded in a YouTube video … Continue reading

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Thank You, American Cancer Society

In the past, I have been a huge critic of the American Cancer Society and in September, I wrote a very inflamed blog  about all that I felt was  wrong with the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) involvement with childhood cancer.  … Continue reading

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Palliative Care

About six years ago, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced it’s support for palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) for adults and children suffering from serious illness. Today, 70% of Americans still do not know what it is. To be honest, for … Continue reading

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Washington Lip Service

Editor’s Note: Since this article was written, the Gabriella Miller Kid’s First Act was passed by the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent vote on March 11, 2014. The President signed the bill into law on April 3, 2014. So far, … Continue reading

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Turn Foreign Aid into Cures for Cancer

In 2011, the United States spent $49.5 billion on foreign aid ( $17.8 billion in military assistance and  $31.7 billion economic assistance) .  Foreign aid has been a hot topic ever since our country slipped into recession in 2008.  On … Continue reading

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Let’s Push Buttons

Would you believe?: 96% of all clothing sold is for adults. 96% of all breakfast cereals are consumed by adults. 96% of all bicycle helmets are worn by adults. 96% of all cancer research conducted by the National Cancer Institute … Continue reading

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Mr. President, Did We Miss Your Call?

President Obama, perhaps you recall that back in January 2013 I reached out to you to talk about three specific small asks for the childhood cancer community. I know that you have had a lot on your plate recently. For obvious … Continue reading

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Bringing Us All Together – Part 4

From my earliest entree into blogging in my daughter Alexis’ journal, I learned quickly that the childhood cancer community was a very disorganized and dis-unified group of entities and individuals who all had the same ultimate goal: a cure. I always … Continue reading

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Welcome!

Welcome to Four Square Clobbers Cancer! Four-Square Clobbers Cancer is a conversational blog that is dedicated to improving the outcomes of children, adolescents, and young adults who are being treated or have been treated for cancer.  The goal is to inform, … Continue reading

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Federal Funding for Childhood Cancer Research – Part 3

This is part 3 of the Jonathan Agin series, “Childhood Cancer – My Road Map” Money makes the world go ’round. Or so we are told. Certainly for medical research, this is true. And, for the childhood cancer community, it … Continue reading

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Survivor

Although everyone in our Childhood Cancer group is trying to survive, this contest is not like the TV game show where everyone is reasonably healthy  and one lucky person wins a million dollars if they are the lone survivor. Every … Continue reading

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The Funding Conundrum for Pediatric Cancer

My grandson, at 15 months of age, was diagnosed with high risk neuroblastoma. He is a survivor.  Although, he  endured an incredible six year long journey, this story is not about him,  his family, the changes in their lives, or … Continue reading

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Is Childhood Cancer Rare?

Generally speaking, when people talk about cancers, they like to quote the numbers.  Sadly, some point to the 36 kids a day diagnosed and 2,400 deaths per year and say they are small numbers compared to the adults diagnosed.  Some … Continue reading

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