James Brannock

68-Year-Old Man Hikes 28 Miles in One Day to Help Children with Cancer

Written by Brecka Putnam, Senior Regional Manager, Development. One day a year, for the past four years, James Brannock has found himself lacing up his hiking boots in a remote parking lot at 4:00 AM in the morning. This year will no exception, as the 68-year-old will once again hike 28 miles of the Foothills …

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Childhood Cancer Talk Radio

How an Angel Inspired Janet Demeter to Create Childhood Cancer Talk Radio

Janet Demeter’s role as a mother has had most profound effect on her life, and it is what inspired her to become a writer, advocate and radio show host. On October 28, 2011, after receiving the results from an MRI scan, Janet’s son Jack was diagnosed with DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), the second most …

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North Carolina Family Fights Children’s Cancer Years After Daughter is Cured

Written by Brecka Putnam, Senior Regional Manager, Development. Eve Griffith, now age 9, finished her Wilms tumor cancer treatment long before most children are aware that cancer even exists. After chemo, radiation, four surgeries, and five years of clean scans, she was declared cancer free at Duke University in 2015. Although the cancer is gone, …

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Toni Petrillo

Atlanta Physician Joins Ultimate Hike to Help Children with Cancer

Written by Brecka Putnam, Senior Regional Manager, Development. Toni Petrillo, a pediatric intensive care physician at Children’s Hospital of Atlanta, spends her days treating children in the Intensive Care Unit. Yet, she feels she can do more. “As a pediatric physician, I see far too many kids and their families’ lives changed by children’s cancer. …

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Jeff Busby

Father to Hike 28 Miles in One Day to Honor Son Conquering Cancer

Written by Brecka Putnam, Senior Regional Manager, Development. Jeff Busby is lacing up his hiking boots to train for the Ultimate Hike, a one-day, 28-mile trek on the Foothills Trail. It’s a long way, but for Busby, the distance is not as significant as the reason he hikes. “On January 25, 2011, we heard those …

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Cara Simon

Meet Pediatric Nurse Practitioner & Ultimate Hiker, Cara Simon

Cara Simon is not your average pediatric nurse practitioner. She enjoys her job at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, but she also enjoys listening to Prince and obsessing over her dog, Paul Simon. Cara joined in CureSearch’s fight to end children’s cancer by signing up for Ultimate Hike. Although her father thought he had been …

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Dr. Richard Gilbertson

Man on a Mission to Beat Cancer

(http://medicalxpress.com) – Thirty years ago, Professor Richard Gilbertson pledged to implement a 15 per cent reduction in mortality from children’s brain cancer. This is the story of what happened next. On the children’s ward at Newcastle General Hospital in 1986, medical student Richard Gilbertson got his first taste of life as a paediatric oncologist. He …

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Jodi Hartzler, Mother

My name is Jodi Hartzler. I am a mom to two boys, Gavyn and Tate, and wife to Ryan. Tate is our youngest son, and his journey with liver cancer began when he was two months old. He was constantly vomiting, not gaining weight, and just not eating well. On August 19, 2011 he was …

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CureSearch Parent Quotes

10 Quotes from Parents About the Importance of Children’s Cancer Research

Our mission at CureSearch is to accelerate the search for cures for children’s cancer by driving innovation, transcending research barriers and solving the field’s most challenging problems. We couldn’t take on this fight without our supportive “sidekick” parents. These parents believe in our innovative research approaches because they believe in finding a cure for the …

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