"Peace does not mean being in a place with no noise, trouble or hard words, but to be in the midst of those things with a calm heart." Anon.

Look After You – Self-CARE Lifesavers

Self-care is vital for all who are impacted by childhood cancer – parents, survivors of all ages and the medical professionals who care for us. Give yourself permission to take time out for you every day! Here are some self-CARE tips to help create inner calm that will dramatically improve your quality of life and the lives of those you care for.

Child4Child by Childhood Cancer International - text above a partial image of a globe covered in glowing lights to show the location of participating chikdren.

Child4Child – Young Singers Worldwide Unite For New Childhood Cancer Single

Child4Child invites the world’s children join in the chorus of a new song created by Disney’s Frozen Composer, Christophe Beck. Performed by some of YouTube’s top singing kids, “We Are One” will be released on International Childhood Cancer Day, February 15, including the voices of children from around the world.

The message “Happy New Year 2016” written in gold text, laid over a graduated gold background decorated with gold stars.

Happy New Year!

I expect, like me, many of you woke up today with resolutions and big plans to achieve them. As one of my own New Year resolutions is to maintain this blog regularly, I thought sharing some tips I’ve found helpful would be a great way to begin. I’ll be using them to stay on track with my goal, and I hope they’ll help turn your own New Year Resolutions into goals you can truly accomplish in 2016!

Quote: "Two roads diverged in a wood and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." Robert Frost

A Rough Road Through The Valley

So many days I feel I am banging my head against a wall, watching children die who could have been saved with clear information, simple surgery and emotional support. But the knowledge of how life could be made better for each child, family and survivor is a strong motivational pull. The suffering that can be mitigated with relatively small resources. Somehow when I think I have no more energy, I mine a new seam from within, and from the encouragement and kindness of others, and I move forward, one step at a time.

Butterfly feeding from a cactus flower

The Cactus and the Butterfly: Advocating Best Care for America’s Children.

In early 2013, treatment was cancelled without warning for several Arizona children receiving care at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. No alternative plans were offered for essential life / sight saving therapy. The families approached Daisy’s Eye Cancer Fund for help. Read on to find out how we worked on their behalf to protect the children’s access to high quality on-going care.

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DIY Guide to Assess Medical Information and Research (Part 1)

Beautiful Rati During Treatment.

In Her Memory…

11 years ago, a new baby girl was born in Botswana. Four short years later, retinoblastoma claimed her life. Her name means love, and today, her legacy continues to build hope for other children around the world.

Childhood Cancer Day Awareness Flyer, a partnership of the International Confederation of Childhood Cancer Parent Organisations (ICCCPO) and the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP).

Are You Child Cancer Aware?

The earlier cancer is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat, often requiring less intense therapy and fewer invasive procedures that have lower cost physically, emotionally and financially. Awareness of childhood cancer is key to achieving early diagnosis, saving lives and limiting the burden of cancer treatment on the child, family and wider society.