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Bear Essentials

31 Aug

Whenever I see a copy of “The Year My Dad Went Bald” go out to a cancer care center it is great to make a connection with the directors and staff of the facilities. I am amazed at all of the great work they do to help families facing cancer. Cancer care centers are using innovative techniques like art therapy and other family activities to help kids (and parents) best deal with a cancer diagnosis. I am proud that TYMDWB has become a tool to help educate and assist. Barbara Goldberg of the  Bear Essentials Support Group for Children at the Missouri Baptist Cancer Center in St. Louis was kind enough to write.

“The Year My Dad Went Bald” by Brian Kraft is a must read for families dealing with a diagnosis of cancer.  It is a universal story of hope,
courage and inspiration. Told through the perspective of a young boy, it gracefully guides children through a scary and sometimes unpredictable situation with with, sensitivity and truth.

As the coordinator of a support group for children who have a loved one battling cancer, I have found “The Year My Dad Went Bald” to be a wonderful resource.  I highly recommend this book to parents and professionals.”

Thanks to Barbara Goldberg and all those who strive to make life a little better for families in need.

Relay for Life

24 May

What a great weekend at Upper Arlington High School. Michelle Davis and the Relay for Life did an outstanding job organizing a first class event. I was honored to be invited to be a part of it and can’t wait for next year. Meeting other survivors, caregivers and some just general, all-around do-gooders was an uplifting experience.

This far out from treatment, I tend to forget what a hard and harrowing ordeal it was on my family and me. As we circled the track with luminaries lit in honor those who were not so fortunate as me, I was overcome with a confusing mixture of sadness and joy. Glad that I had recovered but felt almost a sense of guilt for my good fortune. I was reassured by the fact that all of these people were willing to spend a large chunk of their weekend (plus countless hours in preparation) to help fight cancer and provide comfort for those who lives it has touched. I can’t thank them enough.

Relay For Life

6 Apr

I was honored to be invited to be the opening speaker for this year’s Upper Arlington/Grandview Relay For Life. This year’s event takes place May 20, 6pm through noon the next day. I was also invited to lead the Survivors Lap around the track at Upper Arlington High School. Get a team together and help us fight cancer. I hope to see you out there. Check out their website for more details.