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Instagram / Twitter - @jwalkerfit Last year, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Here is what happened next. Prior to my first Neurosurgeon appointment, I started documenting key events on camera. This is my journey from diagnosis, through surgery and into life beyond the brain cancer illness. In what was a challenging and life-altering time, I've learned so much about myself and what I want my future to hold. Completing the New York Marathon last November provided the catalyst to launch a fitness journey where I push my body to its limits and prove to myself that willpower can conquer physical demons. Triathlons are next on the agenda, beginning with a training trip to the


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Madison was diagnosed with Craniopharyngioma on May 15, 2013. Craniopharyngioma is a tumour that develops in the area of the brain called the hypothalamus, which is close to the pituitary gland. Its been two months since surgery & Madison continues to recover & is doing well Background music - Reba Mcentire- I'll be (lovely song)

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On January 25, 2012, thirteen year old Clarissa was diagnosed with Craniopharyngioma, a non-cancerous, but very dangerous brain tumor. She had to undergo three surgeries and six weeks of radiation. Though Clarissa still has a challenging road ahead of her, she has made it her dream to give back to other children in the hospital. Clarissa explained that the arts and craft items she received while in the pediatric intensive care unit helped her get through the difficult times she faced. It is "Clarissa's Dream" to collected donation items and take them to children who are in similar situations. She wants nothing more than to make a difference in the lives of other children. As an organization, Child and Adolescent Studies Student Association at California State University, Fullerton would like to help Clarissa how ever we can. We are asking for donations of crayons, markers, colored pencils, coloring books, word search books, games, books, movies, paints, and additional arts and craft supplies. These donations will go straight to "Clarissa's Dream


Tym Rourke's life changed forever when his 15 month-old son suffered a seizure in the early morning of June 18th, 2006. Within a week he was diagnosed with an Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor (ATRT) of the Brain/Central Nervous System. Over the next two years Tym and his wife supported their young child through over 60 grueling weeks of chemotherapy, six weeks of radiation and countless surgeries and procedures at Children's Hospital and Dana Farber's Jimmy Fund Clinic. Tym has since become an outspoken voice on pediatric cancer and patient and family centered care. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Dana Farber Pediatric Patient and Family Advisory Council. He continues to share his experience as a parent and caregiver on his blog,, and is currently working on a memoir about his family's experience. When not focusing on his family, Tym is the Director of Program for the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, one of the largest Community Foundations in the United States. There he oversees the Foundation


We dedicate our resting hours on day one of Pablove Across America to Avalanna Routh. We're not exaggerating when we say Avalanna is loved worldwide. Doing a nightly dedication to Avalanna was not what we had in mind. Sadly, Avalanna passed away just this past Wednesday from AT/RT, a very rare central nervous system cancer with only a 15% cure rate. We learned about Avalanna from our friends at Stand Up 2 Cancer and mourned her loss with the world. Let's get to the day where childhood cancer is trending on twitter - not because we've lost a child, but because we've found a cure.


Central nervous system (CNS) tumors include both non-malignant and malignant tumors of the brain and spinal cord. Primary malignant CNS tumors are the second most common childhood malignancies, after hematological malignancies, and are the most common pediatric solid organ tumor.Although progress has been made in the treatment of childhood tumors, significant mortality and morbidity are still associated with malignant brain tumors.In children, primary CNS tumors predominate, and about half are located in the posterior fossa In contrast, most CNS tumors in adults are metastatic lesions to the cerebral cortex. These differences translate to differences in clinical presentation between pediatric and adult malignant CNS tumors.Tumors of neuroepithelial tissue (incidence: 3.4 per 100,000 person-years) are also referred to as gliomas, which are tumors derived from glial cells (ie, astrocytes, oligodendrocytes, and ependymal cells). These tumors account for almost 75 percent of all primary childhood CNS tumors, and includeAstrocytic tumors.Embryonal CNS tumorsCNS primitive neuroectodermal