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Our Hero: Gwen

BY Kadesha Washington

Gwen was a typical thirteen-year-old who loved school and being with her friends. That all changed once she was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder. “My diagnosis isolated me from my peers since I could not attend school.” said Gwen. “It disrupted how my family and I lived our daily lives.”

Our Hero: Hank

BY Kadesha Washington

Hank (Hamilton) Ford was born with a pelvic neuroblastoma in 2007. After four cycles of chemotherapy and several surgeries, large and small, Hank was considered a healthy child by the time he was a toddler. Hank was clearly always a fighter and very determined.

A Fighter For Hope

BY Kadesha Washington

The world of finance can be brutal and unforgiving. For 55-year-old Jeff McMillan, Chief Analytics & Data Officer for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, working in New York’s financial sector is not as tough as his recent foray into boxing.

When Passion “Fuels” Purpose

BY Kadesha Washington

While most high schoolers dream of driving around in exotic cars, 16-year old Cooper Kurtz has other thoughts. Combining his passion for supercars and high-performance vehicles with his desire to support a worthwhile cause led him to create “Cars on Campus,” a benefit event to raise awareness and funds for Hope & Heroes.

The Healthiest Day of the Week

BY Kadesha Washington

Stress is commonplace among healthcare professionals. However, when left unmanaged, that stress becomes a chronic condition that can lead to burnout. Research indicates that up to 50% of medical professionals experience burnout throughout their careers.

I’m A Survivor!

BY Kadesha Washington

Carol DeCoene was diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 17 and has been in remission since 2010. In this blog post, she reflects on her journey as a childhood cancer patient and talks about her future as a survivor.

Profiles of Courage: Prakash Satwani, MD

BY Kadesha Washington

When the pandemic hit the NYC region, our doctors, nurses, and care providers were on the frontlines treating patients directly and aiding those affected by the virus. But for Prakash Satwani, MD, a pediatric bone marrow transplant physician, his experience with the virus was much more personal.

Profiles of Courage: Robyn Gartrell, MD

BY Kadesha Washington

Robyn Gartrell, MD, a pediatric oncologist and immuno-oncology researcher, volunteered at #Columbia’s adult intensive care unit during the height of COVID-19. With her redeployment over and her return to pediatrics, Dr. Gartrell reflected on this period with great insight.