The Childhood Cancer Blog

The Childhood Cancer Blog

Welcome to The Childhood Cancer Blog
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May 10, 2021
  • After witnessing her sister's battle with cancer, Cara decided to become a nurse.
    After witnessing her sister's battle with cancer, Cara decided to become a nurse.
  • Cait and Cara, sisters
    Cara with her sister, Cait.

The summer going into the 8th grade I heard the worst words I had ever heard in my life, “Your sister has cancer.” I still feel my heart sink when I think about it to this day. Cait had been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) just before her 16th birthday. 

Luckily, my sister is healthy and well now thanks to the amazing people who took care of her. There are so many moving parts to a pediatric cancer care team who provide treatment to patients like my sister, but the role which resonated the most with me was that of the nurse.    Her nurses always took the time to... Read More

May 7, 2021
  • Lara Stuart, Mom to Quincy (Childhood Cancer Hero)
    Lara Stuart, Mom to Quincy (Childhood Cancer Hero)
  • Nicole Ibbotson, Mom to Tyler (SuperSib) and Lilly (Childhood Cancer Hero)
    Nicole Ibbotson, Mom to Tyler (SuperSib) and Lilly (Childhood Cancer Hero)
  • Molly Sturgis, Mom to Evelyn (SuperSib), Telly (Childhood Cancer Hero) and Hattie Mae (SuperSib)
    Molly Sturgis, Mom to Evelyn (SuperSib), Telly (Childhood Cancer Hero) and Hattie Mae (SuperSib)
  • Erica Avello, Mom to Frankie (Childhood Cancer Hero) and Brooklyn (SuperSib)
    Erica Avello, Mom to Frankie (Childhood Cancer Hero) and Brooklyn (SuperSib)
  • Morgan Griffin, Mom to Scarlett (Childhood Cancer Hero) 
    Morgan Griffin, Mom to Scarlett (Childhood Cancer Hero) 
  • Emily Gigler, Mom to Edie (Childhood Cancer Hero) and Kinsey (SuperSib)
    Emily Gigler, Mom to Edie (Childhood Cancer Hero) and Kinsey (SuperSib)

Nicole’s daughter Lilly was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when she was just a year old. She recalls:

“It shook us. Our bond got stronger and we stuck together as a family to get through some tough days for Lilly. We had to be strong for Lilly to be stronger,” said Nicole. 

The moment your child is diagnosed with childhood cancer is the moment your motherhood changes forever. 

My own daughter, also named Lily, was diagnosed 14 years ago with a brain tumor called ependymoma. Today, she is 15 years old and cancer-free. 

I asked some fellow hero moms with... Read More

May 6, 2021

How do amazing things come to fruition?  Who are these creative people that initiate wonderous solutions? The answers aren’t as surprising as they seem when you understand the mind of a child…  

I am brought back to when my son, Telly, was 4 years old. He was transitioning out of naps but still needed to rest his mind during the day, so we changed ‘nap time’ to ‘quiet time’ to appease him. Quiet time always started with a talking story, where Telly would pick a topic and plot, and then instruct me to begin creating a story.

On this specific afternoon, he requested a story... Read More

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