Cool Kids Connection Newspaper

Cool Kids Connection is a one-of-a-kind printed newspaper published quarterly by Cool Kids Campaign and mailed to over 130 children’s hospitals nationwide. The Connection’s goal is to provide the thousands of pediatric oncology patients with a newspaper they can relate to, stuffed with stories and photos of other kids and families in the same predicament.

CHECK IT OUT! AT:  http://www.coolkidscampaign.org/what-we-do/connection-newspaper/

Research Advance in Australia?

Here is a link to an interesting news story which aired on ABC News in Australia.  It documents new findings in the treatment for glioblastoma multiforme tumor cases. The Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) feels that they could go to clinical trials within a few years.  We love hopeful stories to start off the weekend.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-02-12/scientists-discover-new-brain-cancer-treatment/4513914

ABC News

Cost of Cancer Drugs

We’d like to hear your comments about this interesting article.  Should there be parity in the costs of oral vs. intravenous drugs for cancer treatments?

http://www.cancernetwork.com/blog/cheerful-oncologist/content/article/10165/2125634

Dr. Hildreth is a medical oncologist in private practice and has his own blog.  Making Headway doesn’t know Dr. Hildreth.  We just found this article compelling.

Hildreth

Making Headway Foundation Scholarships Available

Making Headway Foundation has announced that it will be accepting Scholarship Applications for The Scott J. Reisser Memorial Scholarship Fund from pediatric brain or spinal cord tumor patients living in the NY, NJ, CT metropolitan areas.  Applicants must be able to show documentation that they have been accepted to a 4 or 2 year college or a vocational program.

Other criteria include, but are not limited to:   academic merit, letters of recommendation, financial need and the personal statement by the applicant. 

Deadline for applications is May 1, 2013.

For more information, contact Catherine Lepone (Executive Director) at the Foundation.  catherine@makingheadway.org

HISTORY OF THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Making Headway is fortunate to have The Scott J. Reisser Memorial Scholarship Fund. Established in 2007, the fund is the culmination of Scott’s family’s efforts to establish a fitting memorial for their beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend to so many.  Scott’s most cherished dream was to graduate from college, a milestone that he fell just short of achieving.  After his death in 2006, it was clear that a vehicle to help other young brain tumor survivors achieve their educational goals was the most fitting memorial.

The Reisser family has generously agreed to award up to two scholarships again this year.  As there are many deserving applicants, Making Headway will offer up to two additional scholarships.  Each of the scholarships will be a one-time award of $5,000 paid directly to the institution.