March 30, 2017
Survivor Works as Nurse Where She Was Treated.
When she was 16, Rachel Barclay was diagnosed with leukemia and treated with chemo, radiation, and a bone marrow transplant at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City. A few months ago, after graduating from college with a nursing degree, she returned there to work as a pediatric oncology nurse. Bravo, Rachel!
Bristol Myers Squibb Scholarships for Survivors
Bristol Myers Squibb is awarding $10,000 scholarships (up to 50 of them!) to survivors of childhood cancer. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, and statement of goals and aspirations. Financial need is not considered. Deadline is 3-31 and application is available at www.scholarsapply.org/cancer-survivors.
Moonshot Targets Childhood Cancer
Potential good news. Few research dollars are used to research childhood cancers. Many dedicated organizations and individuals have lobbied for more funds, research, and attention. The US Cancer Moonshot Initiative has chosen pediatric cancers as one of its ten areas of focus — a move that some researchers hope is a sign that childhood cancer will get more recognition and research funds. For more info, click here.
Proposed Budget Cuts at NIH (2017)
Potential bad news. The White House has proposed $1.2 billion cut to NIH for this fiscal year–– reducing current research grant funding across the nation as soon as next month. Cancer research has always had bipartisan support. Please consider telling your elected members of congress (Senate and House) we need them to stand up for medical research. Facebook has a new tool to help you contact your Members of Congress: www.facebook.com/townhall. More info about the proposed cuts is available here.
Country Star Dedicates Song to Her Brother
Clare Bowen, a well-known actress and singer, is a survivor of childhood cancer. When her brother was diagnosed with Stage IV lymphoma, she dedicated a song—Love Steps In— to him. Its message is that when times are hard, love prevails. Click here to learn more.