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...

So Far Today

526 days of having seizures. Despite hospitalizations, new medications, increasing doses of medications he’d already had, multiple blood test...

To See Her Smile

Emerson is a 12-year-old 6th grader who enjoys swimming, piano, shopping and hanging out with her friends. Right before Emerson’s 10th birthday...

Dear Mom

Dear Mom, I’m sorry for the way I acted when I was a teenager. I’m sorry for picking fights over nothing. I’m sorry for making you feel like I ...

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