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Meet Jayden’s Heroes At Columbia

BY Jayden S.

      My name is Jayden and I’m a SURVIVOR of sickle cell disease. I was treated at Columbia University Medical Center – the #1 program for pediatric cancer and blood disorders in the New York region. Thanks to Hope & Heroes every sick child has access to the same amazing care I received.

Surviving Cancer Competently

In October, the three of us attended a training workshop on an ​intervention for caregivers of children newly diagnosed with cancer. The training, sponsored by the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress, was held at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. The Surviving Cancer Competently Intervention Program – Newly Diagnosed (SCCIP-ND) is

The Next Frontier Of Immunotherapy

BY Dr. Robyn Gartrell

Editor’s Note: Earlier this month, Dr. Robyn Gartrell, a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellow here, traveled to National Harbor, MD, for a conference on immunotherapy. Next to precision medicine, immunotherapy is probably the area of research most people ask about. Thanks to Robyn, we can now present this summary of the work being done at Columbia University Medical

Hope: It’s What’s For Dinner

BY Jeremy Shatan

The Hope & Heroes Annual Dinner was started by Mike & Marianne Brown as a small event 14 years ago to celebrate the end of treatment for their daughter, Katie. Through the support of a growing number of dedicated people, the event has become our largest annual fundraiser, providing significant resources for many needs. But the sentiment

32 Years: A Pediatric Oncology Nurse Looks Back

BY Jane Dunleavy

Jane Dunleavy is a senior Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology & Stem Cell Transplantation at Columbia University Medical Center. Here she reflects on all she has experienced as a pediatric oncology nurse in the last three decades. This year marks 32 years since I started as an RN at Columbia Presbyterian

Childhood Cancer Research: The Ultimate Summer Job

BY Jeremy Shatan

This past summer there were two young lab assistants in Dr. Andrew Kung’s lab: Avery Hoffman and Jordana Cohen. Avery is a survivor of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma – and the Youth Chair of the Hope & Heroes Walk – who had some trepidation about returning to the hospital. Jordana is a longtime  supporter of childhood cancer. She has

Awareness Starts With You

BY Jeremy Shatan

        The funds raised by Hope & Heroes are in greatest part directed to Columbia University for clinical programs and research. However, we do have  donor-directed funds that we use to help patient families with immediate financial needs resulting from illness. Working with hospital social workers and other staff to help pay for

An Unforgettable Summer at MLS

BY Kenneth Nurse

Kenneth Nurse was 17 when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Now 23, he  is a patient of Jennifer Levine, MD, at our Center for Survivor Wellness. He is currently a student at CUNY Brooklyn majoring in Psychology and is also a huge soccer fan.  First, let me tell you, this has been a wonderful

A Fond Farewell To Barbara Marco

BY Jeremy Shatan

  If you’ve ever come to our clinic on a Monday or a Friday, you will be familiar with our Arts In Medicine program, which provides our patients and families with deeply engaging art projects that can transform their treatment experience. This week we bid a fond farewell to artist-in-residence Barbara Marco, a driving force

My CancerCon Experience: “Why not me?”

BY Brianna Commerford

I am 17 years old and I am a seven-year survivor of stage four Hodgkin’s lymphoma! I am from New Jersey and I was treated right here at Columbia University Medical Center. I recently attended Stupid Cancer’s CancerCon conference in Denver, Colorado in April. My experience was nothing short of amazing, eye opening, and life

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