A Childhood Cancer Survivor Blogging about the World of Childhood Cancer

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This Symphony will be a Masterpiece– “Music” to Change the World

 

Grace: A Child’s Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer.

Always remember, you have within you the strength,

the patience, and the passion to

reach for the stars to change the world.”
~Harriet Tubman

Patience is a tough one. We live in the age of The Instantaneous, which makes patience even more difficult to learn, being direly devoid of societal examples. But, anything worth our time and attention also requires our patience. I say this as I think of Mike Gillette, who has been pouring himself into the production of the childhood cancer documentary, The Truth 365. This project is not only enormous, it is delicate. Maybe it is because of this delicacy that it has never been done like this before. The World of Childhood Cancer is a sticky, tricky place to step into. Further, the thought of gathering information from diverse sources and compiling it into a visual call to action for pediatric cancer research is overwhelming to me! His task is nothing short of Conducting a Symphony. Only someone with tremendous love and passion would take on such a task—only a dreamer. Without a doubt, after meeting and working with Mike, I know he is a dreamer. Without a doubt, he has the “patience and passion to reach for the stars to change the world” of childhood cancer.

Our impatience tells us, “Hurry up and release the film!!!” Wisdom takes over and lets us know that there must be very good reasons for the wait. As this project has developed, it has taken on a “life.” There have been surprises and opportunities arising each day, and I trust Mike completely—which means patience. I admire his patience in choosing to make this film the best it can possibly be, and making the priority the children, instead of the awaiting, impatient audience. I will be the first to admit that I cannot wait to see it; I cannot wait to share it. When impatience knocks, I envision Mike juggling all kinds of things I could never imagine, and my selfishness shamefully subsides. Mike loves the kids, and his vision, compassion, and passion will be clearly evident when The Truth 365 is complete.

Thank you to all of the families, childhood cancer patients, siblings, doctors, teachers, and volunteers for your contributions of time and for your outpouring of support for this project. I patiently await the masterpiece I know will be arriving, via Mike Gillette, our Change the World of Childhood Cancer Conductor. 

Blessings to you Mike. May mountains move… all for our dearly loved children.

“For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice – no paper currency, no promises to pay, but the gold of real service.”       ~ John Burroughs

*** Thank you to Carina Corral and KSBY for your continued support to help children with cancer!

http://www.ksby.com/news/documentary-on-childhood-cancer-hosted-by-a-nipomo-teen-cancer-survivor-set-to-be-released-sunday/

Go Lane! Fire Department New Albany, IN

More and more support for Lane Goodwin!

Someone showed their love for this little boy by making him a Halloween Costume that included his wheelchair!

Update for my last post– Justin’s Tribute to Avalanna 9-29-12

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sh3tmWFlB4&feature=youtu.be
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Can You Feel the Heartbeat?

Grace: A Child’s Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery

 

“Lane’s night has been a lot better than his morning. He has actually ate some food. God please hear the Prayers across the World for a Miracle for our sweet boy!”

 

 

Today, on launch day for The Truth 365 Childhood Cancer Documentary, I bring you The Heartbeat of Childhood Cancer. Today, Lane Goodwin continues fighting as Thumbs up For Lane grows beyond everyone’s expectations. While I absolutely love hearing of all the communities and celebrities who are joining the army of support for Lane, I can’t help remembering the children who are fighting and dying in silence… without worldly support. I send my love and Thumbs Up For Lane on this day, along with love for all other childhood cancer heroes.

http://now.msn.com/cancer-patients-facebook-page-surpasses-100000-likes

http://www.14news.com/story/19610403/community-gathers-in-support-of-lane-goodwin
 https://www.facebook.com/PrayersforLaneGoodwin

 The words, thoughts, and feelings from families of our heroes capture The Heartbeat of Childhood Cancer…

 Prayers for Will
‎”3:00 am this morning our beautiful boy passed away after the bravest, most courageous battle with brain cancer. Our ‘Iron’ Will exemplified an unbelievable ‘Will’ power that left our family humbled and inspired. Yesterday morning his breathing was so shallow he was unable to get the words out but even so would mouth the words from time to time he loved us. Several times throughout the day, evening and night our family gathered around him to be with him as his heart would beat so faintly and his breaths so shallow we knew it was his time. After a few minutes of hearing our voices his heart would pump and his breathing would increase and he would rally the fight again. By early morning our nurse who has cared for so many patients in their last hour was completely baffled and said she had never seen anyone as strong, brave and courageous as Will fight such a battle and be so concerned to the end of worrying about his family. He didn’t want to leave us. After watching him suffer we were praying for him to go on his journey. Tears flowed down his precious face as breaths and heartbeats faded away….and then peace. His eyes opened and you could see him looking for a time…and then he was gone. Our family gathered around him and Jake prayed that Heavenly Father would be there to greet him and comfort him as he left his earthly family behind, how thankful we were for the privilege of knowing and having this precious boy in our lives and the examples he set for us. It was a spiritual experience our family shall cherish. This afternoon Allen and I will start making arrangements and we will update you. We still have much to share, our hope is you will continue to travel with us on this journey and embrace the legacy of our Iron Will. God Bless. Keep the Faith and never like Will let life defeat you. Enjoy the Journey. Trena and Family.”
 Support for Rylie
“My daughter was diagnosed with ALL this past April. My husband is a Navy pilot and was deployed on the USS Abe Lincoln in the Persian Gulf at the time. He was flown home immediately and we were reunited at the hospital. A few later we were amazed to learn that his squadron painted my daughter’s name on his jet along with a ribbon bearing her name. All the pilots also added the orange ribbon with her name to their flight helmets. Throughout the duration of their deployment the jet with Rylie’s name flew combat missions in Afghanistan”
 “So results are in. We learned that (her) cancer is small cell, and harder to treat. We learned that there are other cancers that share the same cells. We also learned that there simply are no more treatment options. We learned that to exhaust all standard treatment, surgery options, radiation treatments, and oh maybe 8 Or so (lost count) trials takes close to three quarters of a decade. We learned that our fears are now what we know. I still pray every day for that one researcher in a lab somewhere to holler “EUREKA!!!, WE FOUND THE CURE!!!” I hold that hope, gripping it tight, knowing all the while that funding is dismal at best, and osteosarcoma is an orphan cancer. That one tiny beam of hope is why I am able to get out of bed every morning, and I won’t let it go. Telling me to stay positive won’t make me un-know what I wish I didn’t know. It’s crazy, Im crazy, and it all sucks. If I ever hit the lottery,,, well, maybe somebody else’s daughter would have a fighting chance. Even if a miracle happened today, (she) has permanent damage to her bones, spine, organs… I have just been so heartbroken. That little beam of hope that shines on me like a flicker of sunlight through a storm cloud sure has a big job to do. Peace and love, (  ) Mom”

Can you feel it?

This is the Heartbeat of Childhood Cancer.

Go Gold Childhood Cancer Awareness

 

Opportunity to take Action from PAC2:

People Against Childhood Cancer (PAC2) via Van Andel Institute
“It takes action to fight childhood cancer. Researchers research. Doctors doctor and nurses nurse. Advocates advocate. And the parents and kids….well, you know what they do. 

Today we ask PAC2 Facebook members to take action to raise $10,000 to fight childhood cancer. No cost except two minutes of your time.

Dell Services will donate up to $30k to our friends at the Van Andel Institute for every view of the video link below. So far they’ve raised $20k. 

If each and every PAC2 member watches you will have raised $10,000 to fight childhood cancer.”

 

Pediatric Cancer Research Revolution

Grace: A Child’s Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery

I bring you updates on Lane Goodwin today. From Lane’s mom:

 Prayers for Lane Goodwin

“Oh My heart is smiling! I got to see my sweet boy walk! He demanded to go to the bathroom so we picked him up & took him in the wheel chair. He then demanded to walk & did with assistance on 2 occasions!! He says he is in no pain & is currently only on seizure & anti-nausea meds. I noticed him just starring at the ceiling. I asked what he was doing & he said “God is showing me my past.” We continue to pray for a miracle & also continue to reassure him if God says it’s time to go home that it’s ok to go. We are completely in shock about how many people are praying, loving & following our sweet boy’s journey. Thumbs up for Lane is absolutely unbelievable!! We told Lane about all the people, professional athletes, news channels, schools, celebrity’s, radio stations across the country that are posting Thumbs up pictures & he smiled the biggest smile 🙂 Thank you to everyone for loving our family!”
 Lane’s spirit has touched many people– so many that Thumbs Up for Lane is becoming big news!

Story on MSNBC

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49105190/ns/local_news-louisville_ky/t/viral-campaign-gives-boy-fighting-cancer-thumbs/#.UFutAY2uaSo
 The unimaginable hardship and gut-wrenching pain that these families endure has to stop. Our world lost a beautiful soul to childhood cancer recently, in Taylor Filorimo. “Pray for Tay” was the motto while she fought so bravely. Tay’s mom, Maria, continues the fight against childhood cancer with a new motto, “Live for Tay.”

 Maria Coleman Filorimo, Tay’s mom:

 “I promised you “My Voice” will never Go Away. YOUR GOLD Project will be known by All, We will bring Awareness, I LOVE YOU.”

 “It’s not just Riverdale.” Tay, “You are the destiny of change.”

 http://www.dnj.com/videonetwork/1828225843001/Maria-Filorimo-talks-about-her-daughter?fb_action_ids=4321123873658&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_ref=videoplayer&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=246965925417366

My friends at Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation asked me to share this link for childhood cancer patients. This is a very helpful tool—please check it out!

From Alex’s Lemonade Stand

 https://www.childhoodcancerjournal.com/

 I also want to share this link from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation about the recent Childhood Cancer Symposium in Washington, D.C.

 News from the Childhood Cancer Symposium Via Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

 http://www.alexslemonade.org/campaign/symposium-childhood-cancer/2012-resources

 One more bit of great news from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation by way of PAC2:

“Our annual kudos to our friends at Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for another round of Bridge & Springboard Grants. Bridge Grants are intended to keep scientist’s projects on track while they reapply for NIH funding to ensure novel childhood cancer research projects are not compromised. Springboard Grants are in response to cut-backs in NIH funding of new applications. The Springboard Grant is designed to jump-start new projects with high impact potential for childhood cancer research while other funding is sought.”

 http://www.alexslemonade.org/grants/bridge-grants

 While I am sharing, this WONDERFUL photo came to me via Twitter:

AnnaBell

pic.twitter.com/8EMXrBN

Dear God, I don’t want to puke.   Love, Bree

 Finally, I would like to share this…

The Truth 365 Day 7 Preview Laura Thrall President and CEO CureSearch

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXil2qnMFkM&feature=youtu.be

Did I hear Laura Thrall say, “We are not competing?”

“We are not in competition, we are in cooperation.”

https://gracemelinda.com/2012/09/18/were-not-in-competition-were-in-co-operation/

(Is there an echo in here???!)

Aggregating for Efficiency…

I will call this the

Pediatric Cancer Research Revolution

September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

“We’re Not in Competition, We’re in Cooperation

Grace: A Child’s Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery

“Tell them to bring out the big guns because I’m not going down without a fight.”

~Lane Goodwin

“March 4, 2010 @ 10yrs old Lane was Dx with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma stage IV. He relapsed July 22, 2011 & May 8, 2012.”

This courageous young man has been on my mind, and he is so much in my heart.

When we boil the Childhood Cancer World down to its very essence, this is the nucleus– the reason why we do what we do. The children. Lane.

Pastor Rob at Church for Life begins each Sunday morning by asking the congregation to pray for others throughout the city, including other churches. He continues by saying, “We are not in competition, we aaaaaaaaaaaaaaare…”

Everyone replies, “… in cooperation.”

I see how this can apply to all of the childhood cancer organizations. We are all on the same team. A victory for one organization is a victory for all—because our end goal is the same—ending the suffering of children with cancer. We need to lift up and support each other. We need to act out of love for the children, and not out of pride for building the “biggest and best” organization.

We need to all be In Cooperation… for the kids.

Acting in cooperation, we can raise the funds we desperately need for research that will develop less toxic treatments for children with cancer. 

Quotes from the World of Childhood Cancer

“I remember once in the hospital when ( ) was 3, she wet the bed from all the IV fluid she was getting. Within seconds, nurses came running in all with gowns, gloves etc…all panic….saying we should not touch it….asking me to wash ( ) down (which she hated)…..and all I could think was we are pouring this awful chemo in to her veins but we can’t touch her pee.”
 
“Some parents held their children today for the last time as their life slipped away. Some parents are rubbing their children’s backs as they vomit up the only french fry they ate today because they are being given toxic poison to try to save their lives. Some parents are living in fear that the cancer could return tomorrow, or the next day, or the next. Some parents are watching their child play and smile, while they are holding back their tears knowing their is a monster growing inside of them trying to take their spirit away.”

Your Voice is Our Cure– Thank you to contributor!

Symposium

Pediatric Cancer in the 21st Century:

Harnessing Science to Improve Outcomes

http://www.washacadsci.org/

The Washington Academy of Sciences (WAS) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

 Friday, October 19, 2012

2 -4 PM with a reception to follow

AAAS Auditorium

1200 New York Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20005

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Nautica Malibu Triathalon

 

 

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