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May 18, 2017


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CureFest for Childhood Cancer.

Join thousands of families this September 16 and 17 in Washington DC. CureFest’s mission is to make childhood cancer research a national priority by uniting the childhood cancer community, the general public, the medical community, and our elected leaders. The event includes a rally, 3-mile walk, a festival, and a moving candlelight vigil at the White House. More info is available at www.curefestusa.org.

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Cubs Star Anthony Rizzo Donates Millions to Children’s Hospital

Anthony Rizzo is a survivor of childhood cancer who gives back––big time. He just donated 3.5 million dollars to Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago to help children with cancer, like 6-year-old Ethan. His donation will help financially strapped families pay their mortgage and medical bills, and buy food and gas. His generous gift will also pay the salaries of two child life specialists who focus on making kids smile and helping them cope. Click here for more info and pictures.

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Childhood Cancer and PTSD

“Your child has cancer. These are words no parent ever wants to hear. … [this] is often a meaningless sentence to a child, but the fear and horror the child sees in his parents’ faces and hears in their voices is unmistakable. For parent and child, a cancer diagnosis is a mental shock. And the physical shocks that follow that diagnosis––invasive treatments, surgeries, radiation, and chemotherapy are also difficult to bear, also potentially traumatizing.” Good treatments are available to help parents, survivors, and siblings find peace in both mind and soul. Read an article about PTSD here.

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Leukemia Survivor Gives Back

Leukemia survivor Carrie just graduated from college with her bachelor’s degree in nursing. She chose nursing because she had leukemia at age 16. Now, she’s on her way to being a pediatric oncology nurse. Look at the number of beads of courage she wore to her graduation!

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Scholarships for Canadian Survivors of Childhood Cancer

Childhood Cancer Canada offers several scholarships for Canadian survivors of childhood cancer. The one-time $1,500 Childhood Cancer Canada Survivor Scholarship is for students in any full-time university, college, or vocational training program. Ten $5,000 are available for students entering or already enrolled in pharmacy, medicine, or health sciences postgraduate programs. To learn about them and apply, visit cccf.fluidreview.com. Deadline to apply is May 31.

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