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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Archive for the ‘Cancer’ Category

Coping with cancer at Christmas: Where teens find support

Willow Watson was diagnosed with a rare cancer when she was just 14. One of her fondest Christmas memories was coming home from the hospital to find her house decorated inside and out for the holidays. “My mom and I love Christmas, we love decorating, we love all of that,” says Willow, now 18, who […]

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Decision about new two-dose HPV vaccination starts early

At my 10-year-old daughter’s last doctor’s visit, I was given all the routine information: height and weight compared to her peers, plus recommendations for healthier eating and better sleeping habits. Pretty run-of-the-mill stuff. But then the doctor pivoted to medical advice I wasn’t expecting. He recommended Victoria get her first HPV vaccination at her next […]

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Emma joins “Super Six” to start Run to Fight Children’s Cancer

Run to Fight Children's Cancer

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” Eleven-year old Emma Kerr, of Phoenix, proudly wears the words of Christopher Robin of Winnie the Pooh fame on her T-shirt. “It’s a good reminder,” says her mom, Ildi Kerr. They are words meant to impart strength to Emma, who is […]

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Comfycozys for Chemo gives dignity to pediatric cancer patients

Every day, Phoenix mom Lorraine Tallman learns that another child in Arizona has been diagnosed with some form of pediatric cancer. On a recent weekend, “there were five,” she says, which means Tallman will deliver five more Comfycozy’s Care Gifts. Tallman created the nonprofit Comfycozys for Chemo apparel line to fulfill her daughter Amanda Hope Gavin’s last wish. Amanda […]

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Hope for pediatric cancer patients

How do you write about pediatric cancer? What do you say? Let’s begin with some really good news from the front lines. Robert J. Arceci, MD, PhD, who co-directs the Ronald A. Matricaria Institute of Molecular Medicine at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, thinks pediatric cancer research could be the key to unlocking diagnosis and treatment of the disease in people […]

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Video chats reduce stress for hospitalized kids

iPads, tablets, cell phones: Bring those devices to the hospital! A new study published in the July 2014 issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, shows that video chats reduce stress for hospitalized kids. What they asked: Researchers followed 232 children hospitalized for four days or more who were given access […]

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Mom-daughter artists raise cancer awareness

Scottsdale mom and art teacher Rachel Householder has been known to drive around town with a stack of torsos in the back of her SUV. They’re not real, of course. They’re works of art created to help raise awareness of the hereditary cancers that have plagued her family for generations. Householder stored several of the torsos in […]

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Mom and daughter battle cancer together

Scottsdale mom and art teacher Rachel Householder has been known to drive around town with a big stack of torsos in the back of her SUV. They’re not real, of course. They’re works of art created to help raise awareness for the cancers that have plagued her family for generations. “As long as I can […]

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Blake’s miracle: Easing pediatric pain with comfort therapies

It was an ordinary visit to the mall, just grandma and grandson. Lana Whitehead remembers pausing to make a spur-of-the-moment donation to a major children’s cancer research hospital. With 1-year-old Blake in tow, she purchased a paper bear to pin up with the others, chatting softly about how good it was to take a few […]

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Rainbow Kids mount up, ride in sunshine

Rainbow Kids Turf Paradise Phoenix PCH

Camp Rainbow, a Phoenix Children’s Hospital program, is a summer camp for kids who are being treated or have been treated for cancer and blood disorders. Rainbow Kids is a program for those same kids and their families during the rest of the year. They get together once a month around the Valley for activities […]

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