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A Mom’s Thoughts on Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

BY Katie Leiby

As we come to the end of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we want to share with you a message from Alison Meletta Kucich. Ali, a writer, is the mom of three wonderful boys including Xander, who is a pediatric cancer survivor. The Kucich family is a part of the Hope & Heroes community, and we are

Why I Do What I Do

BY Katie Leiby

At Hope & Heroes, we are surrounded by doctors who love what they do, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy- their days are long and the work is never over. However, they know that what they do changes the lives of the patients and families they treat. We want to share with you a

Our Nurses are MVPs!

BY Katie Leiby

There is not one patient family that we talk to that doesn’t tell us about the impact of the nurses in the Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation here at Columbia University Medical Center. Today, we want to share with you the above and beyond efforts of our nursing team, and invite

My Eight Year Old Taught Me to Love Fundraising

BY Patty Cavallo

Since 2010, Team Sienna has loudly and proudly raised over $100,000 for the Hope & Heroes Walk. People may see that number and assume we’ve gotten there through large donations, but it’s exactly the opposite. We’ve learned that lots of little things can go a long way. I’ve been actively fundraising for pediatric cancer since

Owen’s Art Experience

BY Jeremy Shatan

The Alfano Family Arts In Medicine Program, which provides enriching art projects twice a week at the clinic, also has a wonderful partnership with The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Recently, this gave one of our patients the opportunity have an amazing art experience with his family. Here are pictures and notes from a very special

Mother And Son, Parent And Survivor

BY Jeremy Shatan

Note: Earlier this month we held our 3rd Annual Luncheon. As part of the program we had several distinguished speakers. But perhaps none were more directly affecting than Freddi Ford, a Hope & Heroes Board Member, and her son Hank, a cancer survivor. Here are the videos and transcripts of their remarks. Freddi Ford, Parent

Pay It Forward: A Survivor’s Values

BY Cody Hanlon

There is perhaps no better opportunity for a person to shine brightest than when they are faced with adversity. This is something I learned at a young age after being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Although I was only nine years old at the time, I was able to recognize that I did not want

Precision Medicine For All Children

BY Jeremy Shatan

We’ve written before about our Precision In Pediatrics program, which applies precision medicine to childhood cancer patients, and have some exciting news to share. This past Thursday, thanks to a $1.5 million grant from The Sohn Conference Foundation, Columbia University Medical Center unveiled The Sohn Precision Medicine Program.  “Precision medicine is a critical new tool in

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