The “Lucky” One: Surviving Childhood Cancer, Stroke and the Effects of Treatment

By Amy Fair, Childhood Cancer Survivor & CureSearch Volunteer I didn’t get to have the traditional high school experience. While my friends were at soccer practice and school dances, I was in the hospital receiving chemotherapy or recovering from the effects it had on my body. When I was 15, I was diagnosed with leukemia …

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Mothers and Daughters take on the Ultimate Hike together to support Childhood Cancer Research

Katie Gochenour and Heather Sours are sisters and crusaders for childhood cancer research. Since 2015, they have been walking and hiking in CureSearch fundraising events in honor of Katie’s daughter, Chloe.   In 2014, Chloe was just five years old when she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), a cancer of the blood that starts in the bone marrow and spreads …

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An Ultra-Runner’s Quest to End Children’s Cancer

On a quest for better health, Paul “PK” Klenowski promised himself that he would walk or hike at least one mile every day, no matter what. That was 10 years and 17,000 miles ago, and he hasn’t missed a single day. Most importantly, Klenowski’s fitness journey has evolved into something much greater – a mission to end children’s cancer.  His inspiration came when he met the daughter of a family friend, a little girl named …

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This holiday season, support kids across the country who are waiting on better treatments.

At CureSearch, our success is measured by how quickly a new therapy reaches a child, because our kids can’t wait for more effective, less toxic treatments.  Our preclinical projects are 5 times more likely than average to advance into clinical trials, and they reach the clinic more than 2 years faster. That speed is critical for families …

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Rea and mom in hospital

Have Faith and Never Give up Hope – a Mother’s Story

By Rochelle Paterson Rochelle Paterson is a mother of a childhood cancer survivor, a cancer research advocate and CureSearch supporter. Our daughter, Rea, was a seemingly healthy and normal toddler until one day, when she began to limp. After a few weeks of medical testing, her doctors found a tennis ball-sized tumor on her left …

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Natalia Sophia

Why Research? For one mother, the answer is simple

By Amy Rodriguez Ricabal – mother of a childhood cancer survivor, CureSearch supporter and childhood cancer advocate This Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we are encouraging supporters to share their stories in answer to the question, “Why Research?”. For Amy Rodriguez Ricabal, the answer is her daughter, Natalia. This is her story. In August 2013, at …

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George, Wilms Tumor

A Father’s Story

Travis Stafford is a father and childhood cancer advocate. He is committed to finding new treatments and cures by supporting CureSearch programs. In his mind, his son George’s future depends on it. Travis Stafford’s perception of fatherhood changed after his son George was diagnosed with Wilms tumor at age 7. “The dad is supposed to …

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Emily's story

“Before Emily” and “After Emily” – A Mother’s Story

“Before Emily” and “After Emily” – A Mother’s Story By Amy McKelvey Amy McKelvey is a mother, CureSearch supporter and childhood cancer advocate. Her daughter, Emily, died just five months after her diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), on December 20, 2009 at age 17. Before… My life now seems to be defined by “before …

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