Thursday, February 26, 2009

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

How Can Help?

Well, thank you very much for asking! You may help by donating to the Tuesday Whitt Memorial Fund, by clicking the picture link below:

OR, you can send it to a family friend of the Whitt's. She collects it and presents it to the Whitts. You can go here by clicking below:


If you would prefer to make a donation to pediatric cancer research in Tuesday's name, go to or the Children's Hospital in Denver, Colorado (the hospital Tuesday was in) are two great choices.

Another great choice is donating to this wonderful cause, Cookies for Kid's Cancer

You may donate to Band of Parents. org, or the Neuroblastoma Children's Cancer Society to donate directly to neuroblastoma.

If you reside in Canada, please make a donation to the IWK Childrens Hospital.

You can host a fundraiser yourself for pediatric cancer research. We have tons of ideas for you.

*Bake sale. Have people donate baked goodies, or bake them all yourself, and sell them at a porting event, yard sale, market, etc ...

*Jellybean count. Fill a big jar full of jellybeans and get people to pay some change to guess how many jellybeans are in the jar. If they guess right, they get the jar. (Great for schools)

*Benefit concerts. If you know someone who is in a band, or a school band, ask them to donate their time and voices for a benefit concert. Charge emission to attendees.

*Organize a walk. Have people register for the walk, and they are responsible for finding sponsors and getting pledges.

*Bag groceries. Get a couple of team members together, and ask a local grocery store if they would let you bag groceries, or load carts, for donations. Make sure you have a sign saying what the donations are for.

*Raffles. Have a prize for whomever wins.

*Penny drives, or change drives. Highly successful.

*Auctions. Have someone donate an item, and have an auction on your blog. Every entry can cost 50 cents, or a dollar, and they can paypal it to you. You can also hold an auction in your own town. Make sure you have a few items to choose from.

*Comment Love. Pledge for every comment made on your blog on a time frame (for example, from Monday - Wednesday, or the month of March, etc ...) you will donate to any of the funds listed above.

If you have any suggestions, or would like to help any other way, please email

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

What is Neuroblastoma?

So many of you may wonder, what exactly is Neuroblastoma? Here are some facts about this terrible cancer. If you have any questions, please email
I will try to break it down to understand easier.

*Neuroblastoma is the most common solid cancer (not including brain cancer) in children, and the most common cancer in infants (under the age of 1).

*There are approx. 650 cases of neuroblastoma each year in the United States. About half of these cases are children diagnosed at the, or under the age of 2.

*The tumor(s), are called neuroendocrine tumors. It is a cancer that affects the hormonal and nervous systems.

*Most tumors start on the adrenal gland. The adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys. They can also start in the neck, chest, abdomen, or pelvis.

*The cause of neuroblastoma is unknown, but it is believed that it is an abnormal cell growth that occurs during normal development of the adrenal glands.

*6-10% of children with cancer have neuroblastoma

*15% of children with neuroblastoma die every year. Between the ages of 0-4, 10 children in a million die. In ages 4-9, 4 children in a million die from this cancer.

*Mostly infants under the age of 1 are diagnosed with neuroblastoma. In these cases, they are considered congenital.

*Symptoms for neuroblastoma are hard to pinpoint, because they can lead to different diagnoses. Some things include exhaustion, loss of appetite, and fever. Other symptoms depend on where the tumor is located. Because neuroblastoma symptoms are so vague, 50-60% of cases diagnosed have already spread to different areas of the body (Stage 4)

*The stages for cancer are:
  • Stage 1: Localized tumor confined to area it grew in.
  • Stage 2A: Unilateral tumor with incomplete gross resection; identifiable ipsilateral and contralateral lymph node negative for tumor.
  • Stage 2B: Unilateral tumor with complete or incomplete gross resection; with ipsilateral lymph node positive for tumor; identifiable contralateral lymph node negative for tumor.
  • Stage 3: Tumor infiltrating across midline with or without regional lymph node involvement; or unilateral tumor with contralateral lymph node involvement; or midline tumor with bilateral lymph node involvement.
  • Stage 4: Dissemination of tumor to distant lymph nodes, bone marrow, bone, liver, or other organs except as defined by Stage 4S.
  • Stage 4S: Age <1>
*When a lesion is localized, it is often curable. Children with advanced disease have a poor chance of survival despite intense chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, stem cell transplants, and immunotherapy with antibody therapy.

*Children with low risk factors have a 90% chance of survival. Intermediate is between 70-90%, and high risk is 30%.

*Most children who had high risk neuroblastoma, will relapse again in their childhood.

*Most neuroblastoma survivors today had low to intermediate risk factors. Most of them have long term effects from their treatment.

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