News

Posts by Topic: Our Hero

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

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

A Columbia Patient at the Top of Her Class

BY Katie Leiby

Natalia Famous is already living up to her last name. This 21 year old is living with Sickle Cell disease and just graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mercy College with a BS in Speech Pathology and as Valedictorian of her class. Her nurse practitioner, Maureen Licursi, said Natalia is a “testament of hope, strength and courage” and

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

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.