This week is one of those weeks I hate. Two kids died too young this week, because of neuroblastoma. This is why we fight.
Here’s this week’s links.
Kids – Why We Fight
I always have trouble with how to write about a kid the world loses to cancer. What do I say? I can’t stand the term “lost the battle” – it’s unfair, seems to suggest some weakness, and I would never say it. I hated when people said Ezra “lost his battle.” I don’t like the term “joined the angels” either… it doesn’t express the depth of pain that comes with this loss. And so, most times, I default simply to… died. It is such a strong word we look for other words to say it. Passed on. Left us. Is no longer here. But death is hard, and why should we water down the word? Or the pain? To the Malones: I hate that you have to feel this hurt. I hate that you have to know this pain. I am so sorry. KHOU.com
Again we have lost a beautiful child too early. Olivia’s family fought with so much strength – leaving their home in Scotland to fly to Mexico for an experimental treatment after conventional treatment held no hope for Olivia. This past week, after the treatment in Mexico also couldn’t cure her, they fought again to return home with her. She died two days later. To the family – we are so sorry. We will fight with you still. all over the internet… including epd24.co.uk
Corey Ashcroft was treated at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia this past year, and recently pronounced NED (no evidence of disease). His folks are taking him to the Hope 4 Cancer centre in Tijuana now for a holistic treatment designed to boost his immune system. Congrats, guys! lep.co.uk
Non-Profits / Events / News
$65,000 came in to support the CNCF this week from the 8th Annual Fore Noah and Friends Golf Tournament. This marks the $500,000 milestone Noah and his family have raised towards curing neuroblastoma over the past 8 years! Noah Nelson’s Blog
A new drug by Cleveland BioTech called CBL0137 has shown complete neuroblastoma tumor regression in mice, when combined with existing nb treatment chemos cyclophosphamide and topotecan. Fierce BioTech Research