Over the past two weeks, 90,000 of you donated nearly $3.4 million to help fight pediatric cancer. That is a staggering amount of money.
(5/5) “I used to be a really happy person. I really was. I was the person who would walk outside and say: ‘Isn’t everything beautiful?
(4/5) “I think I have post traumatic stress. I have so many horrible flashbacks. Two weeks after Max was diagnosed, he asked me if I’d be his Mommy forever.
(3/5) “There was a tumor in his brain. The doctor told us that he knew what it was. He said it was called DIPG and that he hadn’t found anything that worked.
(2/5) “One of Max’s eyes started crossing over when he turned six years old. But I wasn’t too worried.
(1/5) “Max had two mothers. We found a sperm donor and I gave birth to him through IVF. He was actually a twin.
(4/4) “My childhood was building things: model rockets, model cars, train sets, airplanes. And I didn’t just build them.
(¾) “In May of 2012, I finally got approval to conduct a clinical trial. A family flew up from Florida with their child Caitlyn.
(2/4) “When I first started working on DIPG in 1990, I thought: ‘I’ll figure it out in two years.’ That was before I had gray hair.
(¼) “I’ve been on a mission for seventeen years. It’s my holy grail. I’m trying to cure a brain tumor called DIPG that kills 100 percent of the children who have it.
“I have two birthdays. My first birthday is May 19th, 1992. And my second birthday is December 28th, 2007.
“Sebastian was diagnosed when he was twenty months old. He needed several rounds of chemo just to shrink the tumor to the size of an orange.
(6/6) “If I was to write a book about this whole experience, it would be called The Town That Saved Grace.
(5/6) “These are my beads of courage. You get a yellow bead for an overnight stay. A white bead is for chemo.
(4/6) “I want to be a pediatric surgeon. Our friend Mark is a surgeon and he told me all about it. Being a pediatric surgeon will be hard because you never want to hurt kids.
(3/6) “I wasn’t going to give up. We tried taking Grace to another hospital but they told us the same thing: ‘There’s nothing we can do.’ But then we brought her to Sloan, and they told us: ‘We think there’s one more thing we can try.’ It was an experimental antibody called Humanized 3F8.
(2/6) “The radiation was so strong that I couldn’t sit next to her for two weeks. But Grace handled all her treatment so well.
(1/6) “She came back from soccer practice one day, limping and crying. And we knew something wasn’t right because Grace is tough.
“In the movies, scientists are portrayed as having a ‘eureka moment’—that singular moment in time when their faces change and they find the answer.
“The fundamental question of cancer biology has always been the same: ‘What makes a cancer cell a cancer cell?