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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

Instagram Inspiration

BY Jeremy Shatan

Social media outlets like Instagram are often seen as frivolous, just endless selfies or pictures of glamorous meals and travel. But in the world of childhood cancer and blood disorders, these channels can be a lifeline. When a child is treated for a serious illness, an extended network of patients, families and medical professionals is created. Social

The Parents’ Room: Billy’s Birthday

BY Michele Cameron

Editor’s Note: A few weeks ago, our founder, Dr. Michael Weiner, received a birthday party invitation that had him near tears. It was from the family of a patient named Billy Cameron, whom he had treated over 35 years ago. “Billy was a great kid with a smile and wonderful attitude,” Dr. Weiner told us, “I’m

A Fellows Graduation Photo Album

BY Jeremy Shatan

Becoming a doctor is a long process – and becoming a specialist takes even longer. After medical school comes internship, residency and then fellowship. As an academic medical center, training the next generation of physicians is an important part of Columbia University Medical Center’s mission. Fellowship to become a pediatric oncologist or hematologist takes three

The Extra Mile

BY Jeremy Shatan

The extra mile is the road always taken by our doctors, nurses, and staff. There is  very little they won’t do to make our patients’ lives easier. Take Dr. Jennifer Levine, one of our oncologists and the Director of the Center for Survivor Wellness. In talking to one of her patient families, she learned that their son

Our Wise And Wonderful Nurses

BY Jeremy Shatan

It’s National Nursing Week so we’d like to take a moment to recognize the extraordinary professionals who take care of children with cancer and blood disorders at Columbia University Medical Center. If you’ve ever met any of our nurses, you probably already  know about their endless dedication and compassion, and their tireless work on behalf

Why We Walk: Team Uma Buma!

BY Jeremy Shatan

Sometime last year, amazing baked goods began appearing in the outpatient clinic. Gourmet doughnuts, cookies from Levain – the most delicious stuff imaginable – and it was there for patients, families and staff to enjoy. We asked around to find out who was making  this happen. Was it the bakeries themselves? Was it a local

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