There is no shortage of children's hospitals, charities and nonprofits, and public/private research institutions working to end childhood cancer. Yet it's still not enough. Each new case of childhood leukemia, lymphoma, or sarcoma involves multiple pediatricians, oncologists, the patient's immediate and extended families, friends, and caring strangers who have walked in the families' shoes. Everyone works to help the child, yet it's ultimately that child whose body will suffer from chemotherapy, recover from surgery, be poked and prodded, and hopefully heal. When that doesn't happen, it's unthinkable. When it does, it's a miracle.
Bone marrow transplant: http://www.slch.org/tabid/88/itemid/1586/Bone-Marrow-Transplant.aspx/ An information page from the St. Louis Children's Hospital.
Brain tumors: http://www.cityofhope.org/CCC/PDQ/CDR62948.htm An information page from City of Hope in Duarte, Calif.
Chemotherapy: http://www.childrensmemorial.org/depts/cancer/chemotherapy1.asp An information page from Chicago's Children's Memorial Hospital.
Children's Brain Tumor Foundation: http://www.cbtf.org/ An organization improving the quality of life and long-term outlook of children with brain tumors.
Children's Cancer Research Fund: http://www.childrenscancer.org/ A charity providing funds for research and treatment of childhood cancers.
CureSearch: http://www.curesearch.org/ A combination of the Children's Oncology Group and the National Childhood Cancer Foundation.
Ewing's sarcoma: http://www.ucsfhealth.org/childrens/medical_services/cancer/sarcomas/conditions/ewings/signs.html An information page from the UCSF Children's Hospital.
Germ cell cancers: http://www.siteman.wustl.edu/PDQ.aspx?id=653&xml=CDR62857.xml/ An information page from St. Louis's Siteman Cancer Center.
Giant neck masses: http://www.chop.edu/consumer/jsp/division/generic.jsp?id=81167/ An information page from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Hepatolymphoma: http://www.uchicagokidshospital.org/online-library/content=P02728/ An information page from the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital.
Hodgkin's lymphoma: http://www.lpch.org/DiseaseHealthInfo/HealthLibrary/oncology/hodgkins.html An information page from the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Stanford.