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We Are Survivors

BY Kadesha Washington

In recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we have a deeply personal submission from Mary Magnani, a former patient at Columbia and a two-time cancer survivor. Mary’s story illustrates the challenges that childhood cancer survivors face as they grow into adulthood. It also speaks to the work that we do at Hope & Heroes — providing

#BeTHEIRHero

BY Kadesha Washington

YOU can be a hero to local children and families fighting cancer and blood disorders, like sickle cell, and receiving treatment at Columbia University Medical Center. If you’re a Facebook user, help spread the word and raise money with a Facebook Fundraiser!

Rally for Medical Research

BY Kadesha Washington

Do you want to advocate for increasing funding & investment in medical research? Would you like to join thousands of advocates from across the country in meeting with key lawmakers and staffers on Capitol Hill? If so, join Columbia University Irving Medical Center in supporting the Rally for Medical Research Capitol Hill Day on Thursday,

The True Spirit of #GivingTuesday

BY Kadesha Washington

There is nothing better than giving back to others. And you don’t have to be a philanthropist or have a ton of money. You just have to be willing to give your creativity and your time to do something you’re passionate about. Everyone can make a difference.

Things We Learned After Our Son’s Cancer Diagnosis

BY Kadesha Washington

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, all focus immediately goes toward his/her treatment and care. Families —and parents in particular— put their lives on hold in order to manage the changes and challenges in that child’s life. It’s often hard to imagine how a family endures during one of the most difficult experiences they

Jack Cloonan – A Survivor’s Story

BY Kadesha Washington

Today is National Cancer Survivors Day® — a worldwide celebration for those who have survived cancer and is a source of inspiration and support for people all over the world. It’s also an opportunity to show the faces and share the stories of survivors, letting everyone know that life after cancer can be productive, worthwhile and

Always a Brighter Side

BY Kadesha Washington

Our latest blog features more creativity from our talented teen patients. In reading Destiny’s piece, one that thing struck me was the importance of community. A community of people that care for you like family, friends or classmates. A community of people that support you so that you’ll “never be alone.” At Hope & Heroes, we’ve invested in

The Way I Want My Life To Be

BY Kadesha Washington

In our January’s blog post, we mentioned a publication called Wavelength. Developed by teens and for teens, Wavelength is the brainchild of New York-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and its’ Poet-in-Residence, Thomas Dooley.  The first issue of the magazine was released in the fall of 2016.  Teens in treatment shared their powerful and heartfelt experiences through art, poetry and creative writing. Many of

Celebrate National Children’s Craft Day

BY Kadesha Washington

Today is National Children’s Craft Day. Celebrated in connection with National Craft Month, this day raises awareness about the infinite, imaginative possibilities of arts & crafts. We think today is the perfect opportunity to show off some creative art from our patients as we highlight the great work of the Alfano Family Arts in Medicine Studio here at Columbia.

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