Archive: Feb 2018

  1. The everyday challenges for pediatric cancer patients.

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    Portable, Wi-Fi ready electronics help overcome challenges for pediatric cancer patients.

    A childhood cancer diagnosis and the treatment regimen that follows can be profoundly stressful, affecting all aspects of a child’s life. As a result, children and teens face enormous challenges trying to cope with the rigor, uncertainty and pain associated with long and grueling treatment. The challenges for pediatric cancer patients persist for the duration of treatment – on average about three years.  They include:

    • Isolation from friends, family and school.
    • Restrictions from their normal daily activities and social interactions including sport teams, dance classes, etc.
    • Loss of a sense of empowerment ie. not being able to make even the simplest of decisions for themselves (what to eat, what to wear, etc.)
    • Fear of an uncertain future, including the effect of treatment protocols that lie ahead.
    • Having to shuffle between treatments, doctor appointments and various medical facilities for an extended period of time, often over long distances.
    • Loss of a sense of normalcy in their lives.
    • Disruption in their normal psychosocial development.

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  2. Mikey’s Way Childhood Cancer Heroes

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    A message from Les Friedman, Mikey’s Dad:

    To those of us who knew and loved Mikey and to all those who have since been touched by his determination to make a difference in the lives of children with cancer, Mikey is indeed our hero.

    Each day across the United States and around the globe, childhood heroes face life-threatening illnesses with the same grace, determination and strength that Mikey did.  These are the brothers, the sisters, the sons, daughters, relatives and friends of the people who love them as deeply and as profoundly as we love and cherish Mikey.

    It is only fitting that we dedicate a blog category to recognize and honor some of the many childhood cancer heroes that we have had the honor and privilege to meet. They inspire us each day as we carry out the work that Mikey began.