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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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Day 1: Welcome to 30 Days to Press On!

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

The Chance, Simkins, and Crawford Families of Press On welcome you to 30 Days.  Welcome to 30 Days to Press On! Thank you for joining us. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and Press On is turning AWARENESS into ACTION. This month, all donations made to Press On will be MATCHED by us and granted […]

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Announcing 30 Days to Press On

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

This September, join Press On as we take Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to the next level! Sign up for 30 Days to Press On and receive a daily email with stories, updates, and easy ways to turn your AWARENESS into ACTION. This year, all donations during the month of September will go to Target Pediatric […]

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Registration Open ~ Play for Patrick 2017

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

Registration is now open for Play for Patrick 2017 in Atlanta, GA! See below for the schedule of events and links to each registration. All events take place at Druid Hills Golf Club, September 22nd-25th. We can’t wait to see you there! Women’s Doubles Tennis Tournament Friday, September 22nd, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Registration […]

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Veterans United’s Surprise Donation!

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

Veterans United Foundation surprised our teammates at the Community Foundation for the CSRA on Friday with a HUGE check! Literally! Shell Berry, President/CEO of the CFCSRA, on behalf of Press on Fund, accepted a $10,000 donation from the Veterans United Foundation. Employees of Veterans United Home Loans donate a percentage of their salary to a fund held by […]

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RACE for Children Act

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

The Research to Accelerate Cures and Equity (RACE) for Children Act would close a key loophole that currently allows potentially life-saving drugs to be tested for adults but not for children. “If the Senate passes this act, necessary studies will be conducted to provide physicians with more information for treating children with cancer. This wouldn’t be the […]

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