The Childhood Cancer Blog

The Childhood Cancer Blog

Welcome to The Childhood Cancer Blog
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  • the two tonys
  • the salerno family
  • driving a bumper car

My son, Tony, is 18 years old. He is a survivor of cancer — three times over. He was first diagnosed 15 years ago with neuroblastoma; then later lymphoma and skin cancer. Both these secondary cancers were a result of his initial cancer treatment and complicated, seemingly never-ending, side effects. 

My daughter, Samantha, is 16 years old. She’s been through it all, with us and all too often, without us, as we spent days and nights for months at a time,at the hospital. 

I love my son and daughter. 

Fatherhood for me boils down to all things that I did not expect to... Read More

  • Even after a B-cell ALL diagnosis at 2 years old, Benjamin is a joyful little boy. 
    Even after a B-cell ALL diagnosis at 2 years old, Benjamin is a joyful little boy. 
  • Sophia may be the youngest of three, but she is also the strongest.
    Sophia may be the youngest of three, but she is also the strongest.
  • At 10 years old, Emerson is a fantastic girl who loves all things unicorns and rainbows.
    At 10 years old, Emerson is a fantastic girl who loves all things unicorns and rainbows.
  • Omari might seem shy upon first impression, but the energy this teen brings to the football field gives him an unstoppable edge
    Omari might seem shy upon first impression, but the energy this teen brings to the football field gives him an unstoppable edge

Kids come in all shapes and sizes, and so do their cancers. There are dozens of pediatric cancers, but leukemia account for nearly 28% of all childhood cancer diagnoses. Leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells – which are crucial to fighting off infections – and one of the most prevalent forms is acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). 

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, but it is also Leukemia Awareness Month. Here are four leukemia heroes who would agree that all kids are worth fighting for:

1.    ... Read More

Ethan’s parents were concerned. 

In March 2018, Ethan was suddenly unsteady on his feet. Lying on his side made him dizzy, and he started sleeping more than normal. His parents took him to see multiple specialists, but none could tell what was wrong. Daily vomiting turned into hourly vomiting, until finally an MRI revealed a brain tumor. 

The shock that Ethan’s family felt was indescribable, and their worries only grew as, that same week, Ethan was scheduled for surgery. Thankfully, surgeons were able to remove the tumor and Ethan began radiation treatment to rid his body... Read More

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