This Podcast is going to be about Pediatric Cancer and the need to keep the awareness of this terrible disease in the public eye. My plan is to be able to interview a wide spectrum of people who all have a passion and a stake in finding a way to make the lives of these Pediatric Cancer Patients easier. I will interview oncologists, nurses, recovered patients, parents who have had to oversee their children's cancer fight, heads of Pediatric Cancer Foundations and Organizations , and others who would like to use this forum to advocate for these children.
Anita Rodriguez will talk about her son Eric who had an Optic Glioma diagnosed when he was 15 years old and eventually passed away from Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Anita will also talk about the upcoming Jimmy Fund Walk which will honor Eric's life.
When Eric Rodriguez was 15 years old, he was diagnosed with an Optic Glioma. A few years later, he developed lesions in his mouth which turned into Squamous Cell Carcinoma, a cancer that was found in his head and neck. Eric was able to go into remission for 13 years, but then his cancer returned and he passed away on December 29th of 2021.
Eric's mother Anita will talk about the life that Eric led , the impact that he had on others, and the legacy that he left behind. She will also discuss the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, which is the largest participatory event that the Jimmy Fund sponsors. This event will take place this Sunday October 2nd and Anita, family members, and friends, will be walking together as members of BEYOND CANCER to raise money in honor and memory of Eric.
Erin Stern, who received her Masters in Cancer Biology from Harvard University, will talk about the summer camp that she founded called Camp Casco, which welcomes Pediatric Cancer patients to spend one week where they can forget about their cancer battl
When Erin Stern was a teenager in San Diego, she worked one summer at a camp for Pediatric Cancer patients. Later, she went to Harvard University where she received her Masters in Cancer Biology. While there, she decided to start her own summer camp which she named Camp Casco. This camp welcomes children and adolescents ages 7-17 to come for one week during the summer to enjoy all of the activities, meet new friends, and most importantly, be able to spend time having fun and not thinking about all of the protocols that they have to go through while fighting their individual cancer battles.
Leslee Hacker will talk about her daughter Lauren and her difficult battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Fortunately Lauren has been cancer free for 6 years. Leslee will also discuss her very successful non-profit Lolo's Angels..
Back in 2012 Leslee Hacker's daughter Lauren was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. On today's podcast Leslee will talk about the very difficult treatment that Lauren went through at that time , resulting in her getting into remission for 3 years. Then on the night of Lauren's 14th birthday party in 2016, Leslee received the dreaded call that Lauren had relapsed, this time with a myeloid sarcoma in her leg.
After surgery and more chemotherapy , Lauren left the hospital in July of 2016 and has been cancer free for the last 6 years.
Leslee will also talk about her non profit Lolo's Angels which in its infancy included a meeting with Taylor Swift and Joe Biden. Her non profit has done a great deal to help Pediatric Cancer patients who have suffered from various forms of this disease.
Melissa Wilson is a News Anchor and Medical Reporter on Fox 26 in Houston and will talk about her career and about her 15 year old son Caleb, who is a long term survivor of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
Melissa Wilson started her career as a News Anchor in 2000 and has been at Fox 26 in Houston , Texas for the past 20 years, where she serves as both a News Anchor and Medical Reporter. Melissa is a many time award winner including receiving multiple Emmy's.
Melissa is also the mother of 15 year old Caleb, who is now a long term survivor after his battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia which he was diagnosed with as a 6 year old in 2013.
On today's podcast Melissa will discuss both of of her roles as a very well known media personality and mother, who was able to juggle both of these roles to the point where she kept working during Caleb's ordeal, and only missed one of his chemotherapy treatments.
Adam La Reau and Dianne Lynch will talk about their non-profit One Summit, which pair Navy Seal members with Pediatric Cancer patients, to help these kids learn life skills to help them with their cancer battles.
Adam La Reau is the Founder of the non profit One Summit and Dianne Lynch is its Executive Director. On today's podcast, they will talk about this amazing organization, which pairs up United States Navy Seal members with Pediatric Cancer patients. The hope is that these kids will be taught life skills that will help them through their individual cancer battles.
With Rock Climbing being the central activity, these kids learn such skills from the Navy Seals as courage, determination, resilience, and strength. These Navy Seals serve as mentors for the kids, and this mentorship can last many years, which is great news for both the Pediatric Cancer Patients, and for each Navy Seal.
Bri Hoffman will talk about her son Jack who was diagnosed with a form of Pediatric Brain Cancer when he was 5 1/2 years old in 2011, and that now he is almost 17 years old, a junior in high school , and living as good of a life as possible.
Jack Hoffman was diagnosed with Brain Cancer when he was 5 1/2 years old. Eventually, the Hoffman family who lives in Nebraska, came to Boston to get treatment at Boston Children's Hospital and Dana Farber. Jack is about to become 17 years old , he is a junior in high school, and is doing well enough that he is playing on his high school's football team.
Bri will also talk about the Team Jack Foundation which has focused on far reaching efforts to help in the fight against pediatric brain tumors.
A podcast completely devoted to kids with cancer is much needed and much appreciated. This show offers a wide range of topics related to childhood cancer from talking directly to the kids themselves to their parents and siblings and to pediatric oncologists and researchers tirelessly working to cure the diseases. The stories represent resilience and boldness in the face of adversity and remind us that the mission to end childhood cancer should be one of the top priorities in the world for all of us. Thank you Mark Levine! His interviews with this community are profound. His style and calm and kind and genuine. My favorite podcast!
Thank for the opportunity
Thank you for allow me to share my cancer survivorship story from stage3b colorectal cancer and bring to light that children can get Colorectal Cancer as well. Thanks for the opportunity. This is a wonderful podcast .
As the mom of a pediatric brain cancer survivor so thankful to have discovered this podcast!