Educational Advocacy – Making Headway Program Highlight

Did you know that as a result of chemotherapy and radiation, children often develop learning disabilities. When these young survivors return to school, parents and school personnel may be unprepared for the child’s cognitive and social deficits. The children may not able to keep up with their peers, fall behind academically, and may experience rejection […]

Making Headway 2017 Family Yacht Cruise

Last weekend, Over 200 guests boarded the majestic Skyline Princess for the annual Making Headway Family Yacht Cruise.  Children laughing, parents mingling, people of all ages and backgrounds drawn together in a shared experience. Some families have attended the cruise for many years and happily remembered when their now teenage child was a young toddler […]

Fairytale Yoga – Making Headway Program Highlight

Over the years, Making Headway has developed a variety of unique and creative programs to help children who have been diagnosed with a brain or spinal cord tumor.  Fairytale Yoga is a one-of-a-kind program designed specifically for children impacted by chemotherapy. Through this program, our instructor, Annie Hickman is able to bring a special joy […]

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is recognized as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, but Making Headway knows that Childhood Cancer impacts families every day of the year. Over 15,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year; approximately 1/4 of them will not survive the disease. Making Headway’s mission focuses on the most common and dangerous type of cancer, pediatric brain […]

Pediatric Low-Grade Gliomas Research Study Published

Making Headway funds a variety of research studies to help identify better treatments and a cure for pediatric brain or spinal cord tumors. Several years ago, Making Headway helped fund a project led by Dr. Uri Tabori, at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. This study seeks to understand the implications of a specific […]

Why clinical trials are so important

The treatment options for pediatric brain tumors are very limited. New options are desperately needed to improve survival rates and quality of life. Before a new treatment can be approved it must go through a large number of tests and analysis. Clinical Trials are a critical step in which the new treatment option is tested […]

Fast Facts – What is a pediatric CNS tumor?

Together, the brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system (CNS). A childhood CNS tumor is a disease in which abnormal cells form in the tissues of the brain or spinal cord. There are dozens of different childhood brain tumor types and classifications, each based upon a tumor’s cell structure, composition, rate of […]

Making Headway – Patient Story (Molly)

Molly was a bright young elementary school student who excelled academically and was well-liked by her teachers and other students. One day she began feeling very sick and her family rushed her to the doctor. Molly had a brain tumor and required complex neurosurgery. She survived and recovered after several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation.  […]

Program Highlight – Playroom Improvements

A hospital can be a scary place for a child, especially for pediatric cancer patients. Recent studies have proven what Making Headway has known for decades: the hospital’s physical environment affects the patients’ experiences, emotional needs, and health outcomes.  Every child at the Hassenfeld Children’s Center is able to benefit from the enhanced playroom and […]

5th Annual Brian McCabe Drive for a Cure Golf Outing

There is the rare day that you can enjoy a guilt-free day off from work to go golfing. That’s because you could be part of the 5th Annual Brian McCabe Drive for a Cure Golf Outing, which raises money to support children with brain cancer. Enjoy a beautiful afternoon out on the links for a […]

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