Reflections On My Hike

In the summer of 2015, before starting my third year at Pomona College, I decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. More specifically, I decided that a long walk along the western geological spine of the continental United States from Mexico to Canada was a goal that could not be left to slowly erode over…

Hands

Looking down at these hands of mine I see calluses rimmed with dirt dotting their landscapes, cuts and scabs joining my mountainous knuckles to the valleys in the topography of my palms, and vast clearing of exposed flesh encircling my nails. I see bloodied skin dangling from my right pointer finger from the time it…

Kira: From Washington to Chile and STILL Making a Difference

Some of you may recall that I spent six weeks in Washington, D.C. last summer as an intern with Kids v. Cancer. Remember all my terribly awkward Facebook Live videos? Well, I for one have tried strenuously to forget them, so maybe we should refresh our memories! I went to D.C. as a pediatric cancer…

For Too Many Kids September Doesn’t Mean Back to School

I can’t believe I’m writing about Childhood Cancer Awareness month again. I can’t believe this is the sixth Sept that Michael is gone.  No Back to School for him or the thousands of other children who have lost their lives to cancer. What a shame…how unjust If you have children grumbling about going back to…

Cavatica

Hopefully you read my earlier blog on ISPNO, the International Society of Pediatric-Neuro–Oncology.  I wrote that several doctors spoke on how fundamental the need for tissue is for their cancer research.  Swifty’s Post Mortem Tissue donation program was seen as an excellent way to facilitate getting tissue to the labs where it is needed. “Big…

Kayleigh Eisenstein – Tissue Navigator

You know how some things are sweeter because you had to wait so long to get them? Something you dreamt up, worked hard for, had to convince others about? When the planning, waiting, anticipating is finally over and it finally comes to fruition the feeling is indescribable. That’s how we felt on Friday when David…

Accepting Help From Others

I’ve been taught that when I am faced with a difficult situation, or when things don’t turn out as I would have liked, to ask myself, “What lesson am I supposed to learn from this?”  Since losing Michael it feels almost like a mantra…. There have been many lessons to learn and a particularly difficult…

Crazy Beard

3rd Party Fundraisers

One of our favorite things at Swifty is our 3rd party fundraisers! These are events that people develop on their own, they do the work and we get the money!! See what I mean…. It’s the best! So far in 2018 there have been 22 third party events raising $29,392.65! Isn’t that incredible? These events…

CBTTC Annual Conference Update

In May, Ginny McLean, Nikki Lyons and Al Gustafson represented Swifty at the annual conference of the Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium (CBTTC) in Philadelphia. Swifty is part of a fourteen foundation advisory council serving as a resource for the CBTTC. Unique in the world of philanthropy, the foundations function as a collaborative to advise,…

We hear it over and over again.

Our first year at ASPHO was one for the books. It was amazing to be around so many other people dedicated to the cause of fighting pediatric cancer. There were representatives from hospitals and foundations from all over the world. Seeing a case study presentation by hospitals in areas from Egypt to the U.K. to…