Posts Categorized: Cancer

Survivorship: Riding Cancer’s Roller Coaster

By: Marty Randal, Cancer Survivor Kennywood! Everyone who grew up in western Pennsylvania or has relatives in this area knows about and loves this amusement park. The Kennywood experience is part of growing up in this area.  Local schools have their “Kennywood Day,” and families and communities come together to have fun at this local… Read more »

CureRock and a Rockin’ Hospital

By Nick Ranayhossaini, Cancer Survivor “If you have cancer, I’m gonna deck you!” My best friend said something along those lines before I was diagnosed with cancer the next day. I wasn’t there when he found out, but I imagine the look on his face was priceless. I like to imagine his eyes wide open… Read more »

Running for a Reason

By Merel Duursma, Children’s Hospital patient and Cancer Survivor Nobody thinks anything bad will happen to them until the worst happens. At least, that’s how I imagine my parents felt the day they were told their 7-year-old had cancer. I was in first grade when I failed the annual spring school vision screening. I visited… Read more »

Grateful for Children’s Hospital

By John Carpenter, father of Danielle Rose Carpenter I could list all the reasons that we are lucky to have Children’s Hospital, but I’ll let you read Danielle’s story and I won’t have to. Our daughter, Danielle Rose Carpenter, was diagnosed with Stage 2 Wilms’ tumor (kidney cancer) when she was 2 years old in… Read more »

Nick Overcomes Leukemia

Last winter, Nick Heisler had terribly swollen lymph nodes and tonsils. Captain of his Bethel Park High School wrestling team, Nick was constantly tired. Although he was nearly undefeated in his division, he couldn’t seem to shake the feeling that something was wrong. When his symptoms worsened, Nick went to his family pediatrician where he was… Read more »