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You Are My Sunshine

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

When Hallie was just two years old, her mother found her having a seizure in her crib. It turned out to be a brain tumor, nearly a quarter of her brain, and Hallie was rushed into emergency surgery. After surgery, she suffered a stroke that left her left side paralyzed to this day. Her tumor […]

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A Million Guardian Angels

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

Brennan was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia– an aggressive form of childhood leukemia– on the even of his 7th birthday. After undergoing chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant from his brother Nat, Brennan relapsed– and was told to pack it up. His relapse happened so quickly after his transplant, the hospital told his parents there were […]

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Who leaves you angel feathers?

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

Patrick Chance inspired all with his desire to “heal people” and his ability to emphasize what was really important in life: love, family, friends, and fun. He was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma at age 3 and despite over five years of intense therapy, Patrick passed away on his ninth birthday. Today, Press On strives to be […]

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It’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

It’s Here! September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and we at Press On are remembering our mission: To invest in research on less toxic, more effective treatments for childhood cancer. A child is diagnosed with cancer every two minutes. One out of every five of those children won’t survive, and two thirds of survivors will experience […]

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STAR Act is Signed into Law

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

On March 22, 2018, the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access and Research (STAR) Act was passed by unanimous vote in the Senate, followed by a voice vote in the House on May 22. The bill was signed into law on June 5. After three years of effort, the Childhood Cancer STAR Act is now the […]

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NEWSLETTER | April 2018

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

NO CANCER! “Cancer-Free”. “NED”. “100% Donor”. These are the words every cancer patient and their families want to hear from the moment of diagnosis. But even after a child has heard “Remission,” patients return year after year to their doctors for testing. Brennan and Hallie both returned to St. Jude this year for their annual […]

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NEWSLETTER | February 2018

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

Press On Grant Proves Crucial to Six Clinical Trials In 2017, Press On granted $50,000 to a study developing immunotherapy treatments for Medulloblastoma, Neuroblastoma, and other solid tumors at Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Health. The grant was a match of a $50,000 donation made by the South Carolina band The Blue Dogs, bringing the total […]

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Thank You for a Beautiful 2017!

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

December 2017 Dear loyal Press On supporters, Hello, Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays! What a year it’s been! Press On has been as busy as ever, with over $630,800 dollars in grants and new members of the team! At the very end of 2016, we were thrilled to support the Blue Dogs at their concert […]

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Goodwill Abounds this Christmas

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

This holiday season across the region, Press On has seen beautiful acts of goodwill. In South Carolina, Sarah Hope gathered with friends earlier this month for her birthday. In lieu of gifts, Sarah asked that her friends bring donations to Press On. The checks were sent together in an envelope from Sarah, who said “I […]

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Press On Completes $450,00 Pledge

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

Press On Fund Completes Investment in Pioneering St. Jude Study on NK Cell and Stem Cell Transplantation for Neuroblastoma   Augusta, GA – The Press On Fund has completed a 2014 pledge of $450,000 with an investment of $130,806.18 in a pioneering study that provides the world’s first Bone Marrow Transplant immunotherapy strategy for relapsed and […]

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Press On Contributes $250,000 to TpAML

by Sarah Turner Davis ::

Press On Fund Contributes to Multi-Million Dollar TARGET Pediatric AML Initiative Augusta, GA – November 27, 2017 – Press On Fund is combining forces with TARGET Pediatric AML (TpAML) to establish the largest ever collaborative research initiative to cure pediatric Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Press On’s $250,000 investment in TpAML represents its first commitment to […]

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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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