February Newsletter 2016

February 3, 2016

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Tis the Season to Apply for College Scholarships

Many organizations give scholarships to survivors of childhood cancer. For example, the Ulman Fund for Young Adults awards 14 different $2,500 scholarships. Scholarships are offered for siblings as well as survivors.  Due date for applications is March 1. The Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation has a list of available scholarships for brain tumor survivors at and the Pediatric Oncology Resource Center keeps a list at Happy hunting!

A Great Organization

First Descents offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors (18–39) a free outdoor adventure experience designed to empower them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives, and connect with others doing the same. The experience is designed to allow healing to happen naturally and organically––no forced conversations and no structured group sessions or therapy. To learn more about this fabulous organization, visit


Meet Author Kathy Ruccione

Kathy Ruccione, PhD, MPH, RN is one of the authors of our book Childhood Cancer Survivors: A Practical Guide to Your Future (all three editions) as well as an editor and chapter author of the textbook for professionals, Survivors of Childhood Cancer: Assessment and Management. For many years, she was Co-Director of the HOPE (Hematology-Oncology Psychosocial and Education) Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She currently is a professor of nursing doctoral programs at Azusa Pacific University and was recently elected as the President of the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses. Her personal experience as the mother of a young person with a disability has deepened her commitment to finding ways to help children and their families survive and transcend the experience with cancer.


Childhood Cancer Survivors: A Practical Guide to Your Future, 3rd ed

Kathy was one of the co-authors of Childhood Cancer Survivors, a book written to help the 420,000 survivors of childhood cancer living in the United States stay healthy. Our book charts the territory for survivors by providing accurate information about:

  • Medical late effects
  • Emotional aspects of survivorship
  • Finding excellent follow-up care
  • Dealing with job discrimination
  • Ways to stay healthy

Woven throughout the text are stories from more than 100 survivors of childhood cancer. Learn more about the book here.

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