The Childhood Cancer Blog

The Childhood Cancer Blog

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  • Gabriella “Gaby” Feliz
    Gabriella “Gaby” Feliz
  • Declan Roberts
    Declan Roberts
  • Balian Tsosie
    Balian Tsosie
  •  Gabby Galarneau
     Gabby Galarneau

July marks Sarcoma Awareness Month. Sarcomas are a diverse group of cancers that arise from bone or soft tissue in the body. There are over 100 different subtypes, making treatment difficult — not every sarcoma can be treated the same. 

Meet four childhood cancer heroes who are battling pediatric sarcoma:

1. Gabriella “Gaby” Feliz

Gaby was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma in 2019 after a swollen right leg sent her to the hospital. Her cancer is high-risk, but her family has faith in... Read More

  • Left, Cameron with his two sons. Right, Cameron as a boy with his dad Stewart.
  • "Becoming a father is momentous for any man. For me, it’s made me understand more of what my own father went through when I was sick," said Cameron.
  • " I cherish and adore every moment I get to spend with my boys and my wife," said Cameron.

When I was 13 months old, I was diagnosed with a “one in a million” liver cancer called hepatoblastoma. By the time I was 2 years old I had endured 15 rounds of chemotherapy and three surgeries, including an 80% liver resection. 

Throughout my childhood, the side effects of cancer and its treatment put up roadblocks for me. I still continue to follow up every year with heart studies and bloodwork. I had to wear hearing aids because of chemotherapy treatment. I was limited to non-contact sports but always dreamed of playing football. My doctor always said no, but finally cleared me... Read More

  • sylvia
    Sylvia was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, when she was 6 years old.
  • frankie
    Frankie recently received his orange belt. He continues in treatment for pilomyxoid astrocytoma.
  • ryan
    Ryan, diagnosed at 22 months with ependymoma, is now 11 years old.
  • austin's family
    Austin was 15 years old when he lost his life to DIPG.

Frankie was just 6 years old when his parents rushed him to the emergency room. Within hours, Frankie was diagnosed with a brain tumor called pilomyxoid astrocytoma.  

Pediatric brain tumors account for about a quarter of all childhood cancer diagnoses. Each brain tumor diagnosis is different—there are hundreds of types and subtypes, each requiring a different treatment and with a different prognosis. For kids like Frankie, the day of diagnosis changes everything. Regular days at school turn into days at the clinic. Family vacations are postponed because of hospital stays and... Read More