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.
Eliy Simmer was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma on May 12th of 2021 and will talk about her journey which began when she was a 14 year old High School freshman. Eliy is now a High School Senior and her future looks to be unlimited.
Bothered by pain in her shoulder blade since the fall of 2020 while she was a member of her high school volleyball team, 14 year old Eliy Simmer saw many doctors but did not get diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma until May 12th of 2021. Eliy spent the rest of that year undergoing treatment for this form of pediatric cancer and in January of 2022 her treatment protocol successfully ended. Now a high school senior, Eliy is looking forward to the next steps in her life in which she has a variety of choices to look at. Along with these choices, Eliy will continue her Eliy's Sunflowers Non-Profit, which she started to help fellow teenage cancer patients have as much comfort as they can while trying to get through their own pediatric cancer battles.
Donna DeSousa Schmidt will talk about her daughter Maggie who was diagnosed with Malignant Rhabdoid Tumors when she was 16 years old in 2016 and passed away on June 1st of 2017, just 6 weeks after her 17th birthday.
Maggie Schmidt was a 16 year old seemingly healthy teenager when she competed in a Tough Mudder race in the summer of 2016. 18 days after that, Maggie started experiencing symptoms that would lead to a diagnosis of Malignant Rhabdoid Tumors in October of that year. As she tried to overcome whatever setbacks came her way, Maggie had one bad break after another and passed away from this form of Pediatric Cancer on June 1st of 2017, just 6 weeks after her 17th birthday. Her mom Donna will talk about her beloved daughter and will also discuss Maggies Mission, a Non-Profit that her family started just 4 months after her passing and means so much to Donna.
Parker Watson is a 10 year old survivor of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and will talk along with Noah Janfaza about Team Impact and Parker's association with the Harvard Men's Hockey Team because of that organization
Parker Watson was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia when he was 4 1/2 years old and is now a Pediatric Cancer survivor. His parents Michelle and Mike found out about Team Impact and Parker was connected with the Harvard Men's Hockey Team, has been their Team Impact Representative since January 31st of 2023.
Noah Janfaza in his 3rd year of being the Student Manager for the Harvard Hockey team and is also the Liason between Team Impact and Harvard. Parker and Noah will both talk about the great experiences they have had since Parker became a full member of the Harvard team.
Michelle Watson will talk about Team Impact who connects Kids who have serious illnesses or disabilities with College Sports teams, as they did with her son Parker who is a Pediatric Cancer survivor.
Michelle Watson's 10 year old son Parker was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia when he was 4 1/2 years old in 2017. Now 10 years old, Parker was connected through Team Impact with the Harvard Men's Hockey team and he has been an official Team Member of the Crimson since January 31st of 2023. Michelle talks about how much Team Impact has meant to her family and how much joy that Parker has felt being with a group of college athletes that take their role of accepting Parker very seriously.
Amanda Cruz will talk about her son Zioniah, who passed away on September 19th of 2023 after a tortuous battle with Lymphoma in which nothing went right for him during his treatment
Amanda Cruz has the difficult task in explaining all the things that went wrong during her son Zioniah's treatment for Lymphoma which started in late 2022 and lasted until his passing on September 19th of 2023. Amanda will talk about the myriad of mistakes that were made medically which led to Zioniah unnecessarily being in a great deal of pain during much of his treatment protocol. Amanda will also discuss the lack of support that she has received since Zioniah passed away as she is not even five months into her grieving period.
Dominique Epthorp's son Ashton was diagnosed with T Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia after his original diagnosis of A Typical Pneumonia in 2022 and is now 8 months into his Maintenance program.
After an original diagnosis of A Typical Pneumonia after a persistent cough sent Dominique Epthorp's son Ashton to see his doctor in the late summer of 2022, a recheck of his symptoms after Ashton had a shortage of breath after running, showed that his real diagnosis was T Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Ashton has been in his Maintenance program for 8 months and is looking forward to ringing the bell at his hospital, signifying No Evidence of Disease on September 9th.
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!