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...

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