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Our Hero: Jack

BY Kadesha Washington

Jack was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia just after he graduated from high school. No stranger to tough battles, Jack was born with a rare liver disease and had three liver transplants by the time he was two years old.

Our Hero: Essence

BY Kadesha Washington

Diagnosed with AML in 2014, Essence was a high school senior looking forward to graduation. Instead, she was faced with cancer and a 40% chance of survival.

Our Hero: Aaron

BY Kadesha Washington

Growing up, Aaron had a passion for playing sports. But that changed once he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in September 2001. He was 10-years-old at the time, and his world was turned completely upside-down.

Our Hero: Robert

BY Kadesha Washington

As a pitcher on his baseball team, Rob relied on his arms. When he started to experience shoulder pain every time he pitched, he knew something was wrong.

What’s In A Name?

BY Kadesha Washington

Stacy Kim and Kyle Okimoto, captains of Team GOAT, share how important the support of the Hope & Heroes Walk community (no matter how near or far) is to a patient’s journey. 

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.

#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.

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