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Day 30: Thank You!

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

     Thank you dear followers! We send you our love and gratitude. You’ve learned about Patrick, Brennan, Hallie, Caiden, Burke, and Maya. You’ve learned about neuroblastoma, AML, and even Hallie’s rare tumor HGNET-BCOR. You know exactly how important this situation is. Every two minutes a child is diagnosed with childhood cancer. One in five […]

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Day 28: It’s Time to Play It Forward

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

Both Brennan and Patrick were Lego pros during their time in the hospital. But play in a hospital is just not the same as play out in the world.    Time to Play Here at Press On, our motto is “Whatever you play, play for Press On.” Play is a vital part of childhood, but […]

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Day 27: Race for a Cure

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

Tara with Christopher, Brennan, and the boys’ Uncle Tom (Davis) after running the St. Jude Half Marathon in 2012.  Race for a Cure Here at Press On, we’re trying as hard as we can to push the boundaries of childhood cancer research. And we’re doing it every way we can! Tara Simkins, Brennan’s mother, will […]

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Day 26: Meet our newest addition!

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

Meet Caiden. by Mark & Terri Rettig Caiden was a smart, vibrant two-year-old who was the “love of our lives”.  He had big brown eyes and gorgeous auburn hair. Caiden had an incredible zest for life, and lived every day with abundant laughter and pure happiness.  He loved trains, reading books, swimming, going to the zoo, but […]

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Day 25: It’s Action Week

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

Time to Turn Awareness into Action We’ve told you our stories. We’ve raised your awareness. This week is about Action. Each day we’ll bring you a new way to support Press On. Please share with your friends! Today is for the music lovers…   Patrick Chance and Turner Simkins   This Saturday, September 30th, Press […]

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Day 24: Only One Week Left

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

Help us make a difference Press On was created by parents looking for solutions. We seek out innovative research focused on cures for the toughest childhood cancers. Our kids deserve the best. They deserve long, healthy lives after cancer, free from the long-term side effects caused by current treatments. This month, we’re matching all donations […]

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Day 23: 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 Hallie Crawford and her family’s journey with a rare brain tumor.   Sunday, Day 17: Sunday Challenge ~ Have you joined the Bone Marrow Registry yet?   Monday, Day 18: Hallie Crawford’s whirlwind journey with an extremely […]

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Day 22: These are the days.

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 reflection written by Hallie’s mother Melanie, just for you. May it guide you in your day. These are the Days Melanie Crawford It was September 2011, how many times had I walked around this parking […]

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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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