St. Baldrick’s Foundation


Leukemia - Leukemias are the most common childhood cancers. They account for about 33% of all childhood cancers. Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) and acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) are the most common types of leukemia in children.

Brain and nervous system cancers - Brain and other nervous system cancers are the second most common cancers in children, making up about 21% of childhood cancers.

Neuroblastoma - Neuroblastoma is a form of cancer that starts in certain types of nerve cells found in a developing embryo or fetus. This type of cancer occurs in infants and young children. It is most often found during the first year of life. It is rarely found in children older than 10. This tumor can start anywhere but usually occurs in the belly (abdomen) and is noticed as swelling. It can also cause bone pain and fever. It accounts for about 7% of childhood cancers.

Wilms tumor - Wilms tumor is a cancer that starts in one, or rarely, both kidneys. It is most often found in children about 3 years old, and is uncommon in children older than age 6.

Lymphomas - Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and Hodgkin lymphoma (sometimes called Hodgkin disease, Hodgkin's disease, or Hodgkin's lymphoma), are cancers that start in lymph tissues, such as the tonsils, lymph nodes, and thymus.

Rhabdomyosarcoma - Rhabdomyosarcoma is the most common soft tissue sarcoma in children.

Retinoblastoma - Retinoblastoma is a cancer of the eye. It is rare, accounting for just under 3% of childhood cancers

Bone cancers - Primary bone cancers (cancers that start in the bones) occur most often in children and adolescents.

Osteosarcoma is uncommon, accounting for almost 3% of all new childhood cancer cases in the United States. It often causes no pain or symptoms until swelling starts, but sometimes there is bone pain that keeps getting worse. .

Ewing sarcoma is a less common primary bone cancer which can cause bone pain. It is mostly found in adolescents. It accounts for a little more than 1% of childhood cancers


• Approximately 500 to 1,000 children are diagnosed with neuroblastoma in the United States each year.

• Doctors have known about neuroblastoma for approximately 35 years.

• Neuroblastoma is primarily diagnosed in children ages 14 and under, with most cases in children younger than 5 years.

• The cause of neuroblastoma is unknown, and it is more likely to occur in males than females.

• Neuroblastoma is difficult to diagnose in small children, and its progression is often rapid and painful.

• Neuroblastoma accounts for 8 percent of childhood cancer cases, but is responsible for 15 percent of all childhood cancer deaths.

• One in 330 children will develop cancer by age 20.

• Each school day, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer.

• Each child in the U.S. diagnosed with cancer receives approximately one-sixth of the federal research support allocated to each patient afflicted with AIDS. Yet in 2004, 48 new cases of pediatric AIDS were diagnosed vs. more than 12,000 pediatric cancer cases.

• Although the 5 year survival rate is steadily increasing, one quarter of children will die 5 years from the time of diagnosis

• Cancer accounts for the greatest number of disease deaths of children in the United States and kills more children per year than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, asthma and AIDS combined

Sources: American Cancer Society, Band of Parents, Texas Oncology Group


Caring Openly, Loving Eternally

In need of prayer, please click picture to go to C.O.L.E.'S

Grandpa John's Prayer for His Little Buddies

I hear no voice, I feel no touch,
I see no glory bright;
But yet I know that God is near,
In darkness as in light.
God watches ever by my side,
And hears my whispered prayer:
A God of love for a little child
Both night and day does care --- Anonymous

Angel's Honor Roll- A Forever Dedication


Austin Melgar, Courtney Saunders, Cooper Riley Proscia, Emily Adamson, Victoria Houston, John Eric Bartels, Kathy Ann Wilkinson, Alara Curran, Spencer Dolling, Marissa Monroe, Olivia Weber, Alexa Aigner, Joe Daily, Ryan Willians, Janie Kashino, Dustin Cobb, Alyssa Chappell, Addison Whipple, Amber Mastey, Katie Krize, Gustavo-Alexis, Kelvin Harper, Maggie Achuff, Kristin Hope, Kahlilla Blyss, Arden Quinn Bucher, Douglas Swift, Max Mikulak, Eliza S, Brandon Loose, Kody Edwards, Brody Hurt, Jay Jay LeBoeuf, Kyah Milne, Nicholas Pagano, Trooper Dante Tareboreli, Carter Wax, Zachary Finestone, Cora McClenahan, Little Roy Gutierrez, Chloe Smith, *Cody Johnson*, Emilio Gravez, Jacob Stovall, Noah Tyler Bell, Shu Qinpet (pet name Xinxin), Jenna Mussolini, Owen Lea, Carson Clark, Noah Biorkman,
Juan Santiago Wall, Erik Ludwinski

Honoring our Fallen

Honoring our Fallen
Freedom is Never Free

Our Big Warriors - All gave some; Some Gave All

1st Lt Joseph Helton, USAF, A1C Elizabeth Jacobson; SrA Omar J McKnight; SSgt Travis L Griffin; A1C Jason D Nathan; SSGT John T Self; A1C LeeBernard E Chavis; A1C Carl Jerome Ware Jr.; Tsgt Jason L Norton; SSG Brian McElroy; Maj. Leroy Homer; Col. Charles Jones (ret); Capt. Eric Das; Capt. Jeremy Fresques; Capt. Derek Argel, USA Capt. Gilbert Munoz; Maj. Steven Plumhoff; Capt. John J. Boria; Marine Maj. Kevin M. Shea; Col. (ret.) Michael W. Butler; Maj. Rodolfo I. Rodriquez;
1st Lt. Roslyn Schulte - First female U.S. Air Force Academy graduate killed as a result of enemy action;
Capt. Mark Russell McDowell

Band of Parents Donation Page

Band of Parents Donation Page
Please click logo to make a Donation

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
One of the world's premier cancer centers-click logo to visit

Fight Childhood Cancer


IN HONOR OF: Layla Grace Marsh, Jessica Trotter, Alina Galletta, Samantha Sherwood

The Route Around Houghton Lake

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Another Angel; Prayer a Most Wonderful Blessing

Another Angel - Yesterday I learned that another Little Buddy warrior lost the battle to this horrible disease. It saddens my heart, and while we deal with the pain of such great loss, we most assuredly should take comfort in knowing that the angelic choirs singing songs of praise welcomed home Zachary Combs. May we too sing songs of praise with an unending love as we wait impatiently for that glorious day when we shall join him. My most heartfelt condolences, love and prayers are with the family of Zachary Combs

Prayer a Most Wonderful Blessing: During my web travels searching for answers to my many questions, I found a most wonderful website for all with sick ones battling pediatric cancer, or any other illness in need prayer warriors. As all of you have my unending prayers, yet I believe that unlike my favorite cookies, you can never have too much prayer or too many people praying for you. Please check out this most wonderful site – C.O.L.E’.s Foundation and since I believe with my whole heart in the efficacy prayer and its importance to our entire life, the link to the Foundation is above just under Childhood Cancer and Neuroblastoma facts.

Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand. - Mother Teresa

Till later remember that though we may never meet, YOU are loved by me. I Love You.

Grandpa John

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Quick Update - Childhood Cancer Facts

Childhood Cancer Facts - This morning after my training run I went back to read of last year’s adventure (From the Border to the Bridge - ) and noticed that some had made a comment back in Dec 2009, one which I failed to see earlier. The comment was that since I am promoting awareness of Childhood cancer I should put more about the topic in my writings. I thought that links provided would be enough to lead anyone to sources with much more knowledge than I. But, in today’s’ fast paced society maybe the writer is correct. So I am correcting that oversight and will add more info on childhood cancer to our blog site. But it will only be copied from the other web sites I visit. To ensure proper acknowledgement is given, source are identified.

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do." Eleanor Roosevelt

Till Later -


Saturday, February 6, 2010

Thursday, February 4, 2010

A New Journey: The Beginning

Over the next several days I will up date this, our newest blog, to include updating our Angels and Warriors listing, and add more depth to what we are about to under take over the next 9 months or so.

Over the past several months I feel as though I have let my Little Buddies and their families down by not keeping them updated as to our future plans...

Nevertheless, I will keep my word to you and all who fight childhood cancer, neuroblastoma

"I will not quit running till the cure is found. If I become too weak or old to run, I will ask my Heavenly Father to carry me to the Finish line...the cure!"

Stay Tuned...

Grandpa John