Tag: St. Baldrick's

Maddie's Miracles: Rise Up for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Maddie's Miracles: Rise Up for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Guest Post By Scott and Pammy Kramer September 1st marks the beginning of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, one special family from Chicago is undertaking a social media campaign to help raise awareness of the love, light, and inspiration that accompanies even the darkest of pediatric cancer journeys.  For... Read more »

Donna Day 2016: A Life Lived in Four Years, A Death From Childhood Cancer

Donna Lubell Quirke Hornik, a girl of four names, lived a life of four years, and she is survived by a family of four people. How do you describe Donna? Her mama Sheila, who blogs as Mary Tyler Mom, offers the following words: “bright, sweet, clever, brave, fierce, considerate, a pleaser, protective, adaptable, silly, a... Read more »

Today is Donna Day! Remembering a 4-yr-old bright light.

Today is Donna Day! I think about Donna all the time.  Perhaps it is because I am on the third round of raising a four-year-old girl, and Donna was a four-year-old girl when she died of a rare brain tumor called a papillary meningioma. I think about my now four-year-old, Cleo, and it is incomprehensible... Read more »
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Donna Day: Kids Get Cancer Too. Don't Look Away.

Donna Day: Kids Get Cancer Too. Don't Look Away.
Today at nursery school pick-up, my three-year-old handed me a collection of drawings and paintings.  Next to me, another parent chuckled and said quietly, “Each week, I have to surreptitiously move most of these art projects into recycling, or else my house would be overrun.” I, too, have to make weekly decisions about how to... Read more »

Donna Day: Raising Money for Pediatric Cancer Research in Memory of a Lovely Girl

Donna Day: Raising Money for Pediatric Cancer Research in Memory of a Lovely Girl
I have a really wonderful friend named Sheila Quirke.  Every time I hang out with Sheila, we laugh and have a good time; we talk and share stories; we trade blogging tips and strategies.  And every time I hang out with Sheila, we grieve.  We speak of her absent daughter, Donna — a brilliant sprite... Read more »

Donna's Cancer Story, A Year After The World Met This Amazing Girl

Donna's Cancer Story, A Year After The World Met This Amazing Girl
It has been a year since I first sat in a diner with Sheila Quirke.  The purpose of that initial lunch was an interview.  Sheila was in the midst of writing Donna’s Cancer Story for her blog, Mary Tyler Mom, and I was so taken with the story that I contacted Sheila and asked her... Read more »
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Donna's Good Things Raises $70,000 for St. Baldrick's

Sheila (Mary Tyler Mom) and Carrie (Portrait of an Adoption) outside Candlelite.  Notice the sign!  Two mom bloggers sharing a hug.
So many people have wanted to do something about pediatric cancer ever since reading Donna’s Cancer Story, and we finally got a chance!  On Sunday, March 25th, the Donna’s Good Things team congregated at Candlelite in Chicago to shave heads, raise money, remember Donna and have a good time. Nicole Knepper, of Moms Who Drink... Read more »

Remembering Donna with Love and Shaved Heads on Valentine's Day

Remembering Donna with Love and Shaved Heads on Valentine's Day
It is Valentine’s Day, a day filled with love, and one of the greatest love stories I read this year was Donna’s Cancer Story. Donna was a bright, spunky little girl who died of a rare brain tumor called papillary meningioma shortly after she turned four years old.  To know her –even if only through... Read more »