For 30 years, I have been helping children who have cancer. Every child and every family has a different story, but each one is a story of hope and courage. And each one begins the same way — with the words no parents ever want to hear … “your child has cancer.” They’re scared and they feel powerless. That is the reality for families we meet every day.
My family has spent a lot of time at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin over the past two and a half years. My daughter Lulu was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) just one week before her fifth birthday, and our lives were forever changed.
No one could (or should) know the severe highs and lows our family experienced, and the …Continue reading →
It was a once in a lifetime experience. A few weeks ago my daughters, Lily and Bailey, had the opportunity to participate in a video shoot for a Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin TV commercial — airing now through the holiday season.
For my entire family, including big sister Maddie, it was a fun and exciting experience. But more importantly, it was an opportunity for them to help other kids by raising awareness …Continue reading →
Could $10 million change a life? Absolutely. It’s a lot of money. No question about it. It would change my life, and I know it would change yours too.
Now think about all the kids battling cancer and blood disorders. Think about the stress and fear their parents and families face every minute of every day. Suppose someone, somewhere, gave them $10 million. Would it change their …Continue reading →
We have been touched by the kindness of so many nurses here at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin since my daughter, Cookie, was diagnosed with lymphoma in August 2012. She had six rounds of chemo followed by a bone marrow transplant. We could not have gotten through it without the love and great care of nurses like Laura McNally, her nurse in our MACC Fund Center.
Laura made a personal connection with Cookie from her very first …Continue reading →
As my family gathers for the holidays, I’m thankful we’ve come through another year healthy and happy. But today I can’t help but think about some very special kids at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin who are facing the battle of their lives.
Childhood cancer at any time of year is sad and tragic, but it seems particularly sad during …Continue reading →
Treatment for children with cancer has come a long way, with more children surviving than ever before. Although the survival rate is improving, many children will deal with life-long side effects as a result of their treatment. We need to make the next leap forward in discovering new cancer treatments that not only increase survival rates but also improve each child’s quality of life with fewer side effects. In order to accomplish this we have to improve our understanding of childhood cancer on a genetic level.
I am one of several researchers at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the BloodCenter of Wisconsin studying cancer stem cells, specifically those in acute myeloid leukemia (AML), how they behave and what makes them different from …Continue reading →
No child deserves cancer, but every child deserves a chance to beat it. For kids who have aggressive cancers, or cancer that has returned after standard treatments, a bone marrow transplant may be the only option to save their lives.
That’s where I come in. I’m a pediatric oncologist, and I’ve been researching ways to make bone marrow transplants safer. A bone marrow transplant can be a very difficult treatment. In some cases, the donor’s bone marrow cells end up attacking the child’s …Continue reading →
In the past 40 years, there’s been a big improvement in the survival rate of kids with cancer and blood disorders, and that’s due to one thing: Research. Today two of our doctors, Sam Milanovich, MD, and Julie Talano, MD, received grants from the Hyundai Hope on Wheels program.
I was so proud to honor them, because I know it’s through research that we learn how to improve treatment and enhance quality of life for our patients. Watch highlights from today’s press conference: …Continue reading →
When your family is affected by childhood cancer, you celebrate life every day. Our family recently stepped up the celebration with an amazing group of people. We attended the annual Celebrate Life event at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. It always amazes me how many kids are in this battle and how many are just out of treatment.
It was great to see my daughter Hollyn (who was diagnosed with cancer in 2005) and everyone else at the event get a lot of “wows” from the staff. She really is growing up. Her hair is longer, but she’s still the same girl many of them met seven years ago. I hope her warm smile and hugs never change.
There always is great music at this event, and …Continue reading →