Nine Years Later

The passing of time is a gift.  I have found time cannot be grasped nor exchanged like currency but nine years after my cancer treatments conc...

Creating a Legacy of Hope

Nearly 40 years ago, 13-year-old Katie Hageboeck was nearing the end of her battle with leukemia. Before she died, Katie asked that her savings...

37th Annual Dawn of a Dream

Guests listened in awe at this year’s Dawn of a Dream gala as they heard from the Dykes family, who shared Connor’s battle with brain cance...

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...

2017 Butterfly Awards

Each year, Children’s Cancer Research Fund presents Butterfly Awards to individuals, organizations and teams that have contributed significan...

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...

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