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Day in the Life: Megan Gertz

Megan Gertz is a Child Life Specialist at the Ronald McDonald Children’s Hospital at Loyola Medicine and also a committee member for the 2013 Chicago CureSearch Walk. Megan works with children and families to help them cope with the challenges of hospitalization, illness, and disability. She provides children with age-appropriate preparation for medical procedures, pain …

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Inherited Genetic Variations Have a Major Impact on Childhood Leukemia Risk

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) — Humans have between 20,000 and 25,000 genes that carry instructions for assembling the proteins that do the work of cells. Work led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital found that children who inherit certain variations in four particular genes are at much higher risk of developing acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The study also …

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Asking Friends for Help

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, there is often an immediate outpouring of support from friends and community members wanting to help, often in the form of gifts for the child, calls to check-in, and food delivered to the family’s home.  Such support is wonderful, and greatly appreciated, but it may or may not …

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Top Ten Hiking Tips

This guest blog post by Joe Miller, Raleigh Ultimate Hike Coach and author of 100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina Looking to make the most of your Ultimate Hike experience? Here are 10 suggestions that should help. Get boots that fit. I used to always get boots on sale or close-out — then  wonder why my …

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Day In the Life: Cynthia Leach, CCRP

Cynthia Leach is the Clinical Trial Manager at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s Center for Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders. Cynthia is in charge of all of the clinical trial protocols at the hospital; she enrolls patients, manages data collected through the clinical trials, looks for toxicities and adverse effects to treatment, and works with each …

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CureSearch’s Interview with Joe Simone, MD, Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council

The Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) at CureSearch is comprised of eight children’s cancer specialists from institutions across the country. Led by Joe Simone, MD, the SAC is tasked with developing and guiding the organizations scientific strategy, agenda, and grants program. Recently, CureSearch sat down with Dr. Simone to talk about the SAC’s work and his …

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