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Day 21: These are important stories.

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

There is a particularly touching tradition in the closing ceremony of Hit the Bricks for Brian, a classic Wake Forest University fundraiser for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Foundation. A silent lap around the quad, during which teammates and friends can often be seen holding hands, followed by a few speeches. After that year’s speakers, […]

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Day 20: Another Side to the Story

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

Another Side to the Story by Bob Crawford Imagine this for a second; you have a three-month-old son who has colic, and then you get blindsided by the news that your 22-month-old daughter has cancer. We here at Press On spend September telling our children’s stories, banging the drum, trying to raise awareness about pediatric […]

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Day 19: The Crazy World of Tumor Diagnosis

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

What many outside the cancer world don’t realize is just how difficult some brain tumors can be to diagnose. Today, Hallie’s father Bob recounts their diagnosis journey ~ something that took place over the course of nearly four years.  Hallie’s Tumor Journey By Bob Crawford One thing I’ve learned over the past six years is […]

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Day 18: Meet Hallie

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

Meet Hallie Hallie was a happy, thriving 22-month-old until she presented with a brain tumor on August 28th, 2011. “Presented” is the sanitized term medical professionals use to describe the moment it becomes evident someone has a disease. For Hallie, that moment was sudden, traumatic, life-threatening. Her mother, Melanie, discovered her having a seizure and […]

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Day 17: Sunday Challenge

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

Brennan and his “Band of Brothers” Today’s Sunday Challenge is incredibly important. Brennan and Maya’s lives have been saved by bone marrow donations. If you are between the ages of 18-44, it’s time for YOU to register for Be the Match. Every year, 12,000 battle blood diseases, and you could be the answer to someone’s […]

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Day 16: Saturday Recap

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

Thank you for continuing on this journey with us! Here is your weekly Saturday Recap. This week we focused on Brennan Simkins and Acute Myeloid Leukemia.   Sunday: A 15-Minute Challenge.   Monday: Brennan Simkins’s remarkable journey with AML and the Possibilities it represents.   Tuesday: Acute Myeloid Leukemia ~ how we fight it, why […]

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Day 15: Occupy Hope with Us

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

30 Days to Press On is about creating a collective consciousness working toward a common goal: A world without childhood cancer. Today, we bring you a meditation written by Brennan’s mother Tara, just for you. May it guide you in your day. Occupy Hope with Us by Tara Simkins When your child, or someone you love, is […]

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Day 14: Hero Highlight ~ MayaStrong

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

Meet Maya Collins Maya was diagnosed with AML when she was eight years old, and after one relapse and two bone marrow transplants, was pronounced cancer free in 2012. The Collins family enjoyed four years of remission, almost to the five-year survivor mark, when their biggest fears were realized: Maya relapsed again in June of 2016. […]

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Day 13: “The Interconnectedness of Humanity”

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

Brennan needed four bone marrow transplants before he found his “cure”. In the very special photo above, he stands with his four bone marrow donors. In order of transplant and from left to right: His brother Nat. Now nearly 18, he was only 10 years old when he donated his “perfect match” bone marrow to […]

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Day 12: About AML and TpAML

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

Brennan battled pediatric Acute Myeloid Leukemia and has been in remission for six years. But how common is his story? And what else can be done? Who is affected by AML? Most AML patients are over 60 years of age. Only 500 children are diagnosed with AML every year. What is the prognosis for pediatric […]

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Day 11: Meet Brennan

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

Fighting leukemia with a Band of Brothers.       What Tara and Turner planned as a perfect snowy family trip to the North Carolina mountains in January 2009 turned out to be anything but when the Simkins rushed their fever stricken son, Brennan, back to Augusta, Georgia.  Brennan was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (“AML”) […]

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Day 10: A 15 Minute Challenge

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

“A feather from Patrick’s angel wings.” Last Sunday, we asked that you tell 3 people about Press On. After a week of discussing Patrick and the loss that still impacts us today, we have an even more important challenge. Today, we ask that you turn off your cell phone, turn off the TV, and spend […]

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Day 9: Saturday Recap

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

Every Saturday this month we’ll give you a quick recap of the week, just in case you missed something! This week we focused on our founding member Patrick Chance and his disease, Neuroblastoma. Monday: How Patrick Chance fought Neuroblastoma over half his life, and how his legacy continues through Press On.   Tuesday: Neuroblastoma~ what […]

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Day 8: A Cancer Prayer

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

30 Days to Press On is about creating a collective consciousness working toward a common goal: A world without childhood cancer. Today, we bring you a prayer written by Patrick’s father Stephen. May it guide you in your day. A Cancer Prayer by Stephen R. Chance Dear God, we have prayed often for you to rid […]

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Day 7: Hero Highlight ~ Burke the Brave

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

This week has been all about Patrick and neuroblastoma. Today, meet Press On Hero Burke the Brave and read all about his own journey with neuroblastoma. Meet Burke the Brave From Burke’s parents On February 4, 2015 we received news from the results of an MRI that no parent should ever hear: “Burke has metastatic […]

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Day 6: Pressing On After a Loss

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

Patrick and his father bravely sliding down Turtleback Falls in North Carolina! Patrick’s father Stephen “Playing for Press On” over Labor Day Weekend From Patrick’s Family Despite the terrible pain and missing we endure since losing Patrick, we try to get up every day and live the life he would have wanted.  It isn’t always […]

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Day 5: What is Neuroblastoma?

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

Patrick Chance passed away from Neuroblastoma in 2012. Today, we learn more about Neuroblastoma and why Press On works tirelessly to find a cure. What is Neuroblastoma? Neuroblastoma is a type of childhood cancer that develops from early forms of nerve cells called neuroblasts. It usually begins in the adrenal gland on top of the […]

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Day 4: Meet Patrick

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

  Patrick Chance was an amazing son and brother, talented Lego architect, courageous firefighter, nature lover, and a hero to us all. He loved Star Wars, fishing, the mountains, Legos, the ocean, spiders, baseball, golf, firefighters, Spider-Man, and GI Joe.  Patrick inspired all with his desire to “heal people” and his ability to emphasize what […]

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Day 3: A Simple Challenge

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

     Today’s email is much shorter than the ones you’ve seen so far. Today, we just have a simple challenge. Today, will you tell three people about 30 Days to Press On? You can tell them in person at church, or at brunch. Or you can take a couple of minutes to catch up […]

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Day 2: The Facts

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

     Press On’s Unique Mission is to identify feasible and ground-breaking alternative therapies for childhood cancers and to invest monies raised in a manner that supports the science and infrastructure needed to cure childhoodcancer within our lifetime.      We started as parents looking for solutions. We are now a group of parents who know just how important […]

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