I Went There Once

I went to that place once. For just a moment, I thought about what could have been, and I almost lost every spark of joy I had left. Despair al...

Today is What We Have

Connor was only 6 weeks old when he survived an emergency brain surgery.  It was in the hours of that life-changing surgery that I learned to ...

Tougher Than Rocket Science

Osteosarcoma is so overwhelmingly good at overcoming current treatments that it may just take a rocket scientist to help defeat it. Theresa Bee...

Don’t Get Me Wrong

After surviving two cancers and a bone marrow transplant (BMT), it was finally time to start school at the University of Minnesota. I worked so...

A “Button” of Bravery

Two-year-old Joey arrived at the coffee shop fast asleep and nestled against his mom, Ames, when we first met them. Tiny hearing aids poked thr...

Dexter’s Bucket List

My name is Dexter. Everyone calls me Dex. I am 10 years old, and I have terminal neuroblastoma. When we found out the cancer was back, I sat do...

The Guilt That Guides Me

Rallying families to share their children’s stories isn’t easy, because I ask them to open doors to the most intense pain. I share with the...

Pumpkin Pie without Nutmeg

Eight years ago, on a cold and dreary November day, Rob and I picked Zach up from school to take him to our local hospital for an MRI. We wante...

Wanting It to Be Over

I’ll never forget the day a social worker sat with me in my living room and told me that it was normal to want my brother to die. My younger ...

Where am I living?

The Fourth of July 2011 is etched in my memory as the last “normal” family holiday we ever had. I was about to start my senior year of coll...

Beating the Odds

When we say “against all odds”, what do we really mean? Does it mean that we defeated a concept? Won a battle against some well-studied mat...

Nathalia’s Story

Nathalia is resilient, spirited and humorous, but it’s her heart that her mom, Katy, loves most. Full of gratitude, Nathalia never misses a c...

Mariah’s Story

This speech was originally presented by Mariah at Time to Fly on September 9, 2017. Thank you all for coming out today. It is really special to...

Because of Daniel

Photo courtesy of Ryann Colleen Photography. My son Daniel died on August 28, 2016 from osteosarcoma. He was 13 years old. I know that I am sup...

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