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SIOP 2019

Last week was very exciting as 2,700 delegates from 110 countries gathered in Lyon, France for SIOP 2019.  SIOP stands for the Society Internationale Oncologie Pediatrique.  I was privileged to be in attendance and participated in many exciting sessions that ranged... Read More

Vincristine Update & Congratulations Ali!

Vincristine Shortage Have you heard about the vincristine shortage? Vincristine is a drug used to treat several types of #ChildhoodCancer including leukemias and lymphomas.  Attached below is the latest update from the Children’s Oncology Group. “At the... Read More

Remembering Troy

Remembering Troy Haynes Jr. Yesterday we celebrated the life of Troy Haynes, Jr.  Troy reminded me a lot of my son, Andrew.  Troy was known as a great all-around athlete, but there was so much more to him – he was a great young man. The picture below is when... Read More

All Kinds of Good News!

Thank you all for your kind words of support on Andrew’s birthday.  It really means a lot to us.  We got through it…together. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Research As I write this update, I’m 30,000 feet in the air leaving the Children’s Oncology Group (COG)... Read More

Happy Birthday Andrew!!!

September 3, 1992 was one of the happiest days of my life. Our family was complete with the birth of Andrew John McDonough in Montclair, NJ. He was an incredibly beautiful and very chubby baby. I remember it like yesterday, when I brought Ali to the hospital to see... Read More

Important Upcoming Events

Andrew Next Tuesday is my son’s 27th birthday.  B+ Nation will strive to raise #27kInADay in honor of Andrew’s birthday! $27,000 is more than just a number or dollar amount. $27,000 is a sense of hope and one less thing to worry about for 27 families of... Read More

Exciting Research Update!

Something for everybody…some people like chocolate ice cream, some people vanilla.  Some people only want to read about family assistance, and some people are only concerned with research.  For those of you interested in research, today’s update is for... Read More

YOU Make the Difference!

Mo is a 13 year old boy who has been battling cancer since he was 9 months old.  Mo has been diagnosed with 3 different types of cancer – retinoblastoma, osteosarcoma, and most recently, sinus sarcoma, and it has now spread to his lungs.  Mo’s Mom is a... Read More

Changing the World in Andrew’s Name

Well, July is just about over.  And, as much as I like the summer, July is always a tough month for my family and me since July 14th is the anniversary of Andrew’s passing.  Thank you all for the kind comments.  This might come as a surprise to you, but when you... Read More

Missing Our Boy!

Oh, how I miss my buddy! I don’t know whether to say that on this day 12 years ago, “cancer stole my 14 year old son” or “Andrew went to Heaven”. They’re both true. We are blessed with SO many amazing memories. The void and sadness,... Read More