Nine year old Destiny Brevins is fighting a brain tumor. However, this holiday season, she is not making it about her. Destiny is focusing her efforts, aside from fighting cancer, on the Pikeville Homeless Shelter.
Today is a day of being thankful for everything. Even though there are many who are suffering with brain tumors today and are perhaps unable to join at the table for Thanksgiving dinner, we are thankful that they are alive and on the road to being tumor free.
I am thankful for everyone who helped make this website possible for you to read. To my parents, my sister, the doctors that have shared their knowledge with me, and the organizations that strive for the same thing I do: a cure.
Take a moment today to be thankful for something. We are alive together, as a family. Brain tumors plague us everyday, but we strive through it together. No one is in this alone. And I am thankful for that togetherness. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
We know how cancer cells form. A normal cell goes through a mutation that regulates its growth and survival.
The question this article poses is can the cell of origin have an impact on the behavior and treatment of the brain tumor?
Studies done on the medulloblastoma, the most common tumor in children, by Robert Wechsler-Reya, Ph.D., and his team at the Tumor Development Program in Sanford-Burnham’s NCI-designated Cancer Center unleash an important discovery.
Hello everyone! You know that I am all about helping people with brain tumors. But right now there are other people in need of our help. Hurricane Sandy is no late news; it flooded New York and many other places.
Take a moment and donate what you can to the Red Cross to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The link is:
We know there are a lot of people who suffer from a brain tumor. However, let us not make that our only focus.
All the survivors at the Walk
Yesterday, October 28, the National Brain Tumor Society held their first brain tumor walk in Los Angeles. Sixteen hundred people registered and walked. There was a grand total of $255,000 raised by all of the teams which will go to brain tumor research.
Each person there knew someone with a brain tumor, whether they survived or passed away. There were maybe twenty people walking who were survivors of a brain tumor. Two teams had over one hundred people each walking for them, Team Isabel (who is a survivor) and Team Nate-Dawg, Nathan Newman, who is currently in the hospital in ICU.
I recently contacted a band called Brain Tumors (without actually knowing they were a band). They responded though, and said they'd write about Get Through it Together on their blog.
They told me that they are often confused with people who know something about brain tumors, but learn a lot about them in the process. I am incredibly grateful that they did this, though. (Even though they got some of the information wrong. They thought I was writing about my daughter, when it's actually my sister. Oh wel
So if you like punk music, check them out.
Good news! Get Through it Together now has a Google+ page! Join us on their for updates! The link is:
And remember, if you haven't already, sign the petition to get more money for brain tumor research!
It is widely known that chemotherapy comes with some toxic side effects to non-cancer cells. But who would have though that using bone marrow stem cells can protect the normal cells?
Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle explain this treatment further.
NEGU stands for Never Ever Give Up. It is a foundation formed from the kindness of a twelve year old girl named Jessie Rees who was diagnosed with a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma.
Jessie turned the focus of her brain tumor to other children with brain tumors. In a video created about Jessie and her foundation, a reporter asked why the focus wasn't all on her. She said, "Because that is not what it's about."
By the title, you must be thinking "that is a mouthful." Yes, I agree with you. But what is it exactly? A DIPG is a tumor that is located in the pons, which is the middle of the brain stem.
These tumors are difficult to treat considering their placement. They grow in between and around normal brain cells. Surgically removing this tumor can interfere with the functioning of that particular area of the brain.
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