You are brought into a small room: a doctor, a nurse, a social worker and you. The look on their faces is dire. You can feel the fear building; it is palpable. And then you hear the words I’m sorry, “your child has cancer.” This scenario repeats itself 43 times each day in the United States. In April 2008, my family heard those words about our 2-year-old daughter Alexis. Alexis fought against inoperable and terminal brain cancer for 33 months before passing away in January 2011. Similarly, in May 2007, David and Annemarie Plotkin heard these words about 4-year-old Max. Max now stands as a “poster child” for giving other families hope.
Max Cure Foundation's Vice-Chairman, Richard Plotkin calls upon the Congressional Caucus, led by Congressmen McCaul and Van Hollen, to do whatever is necessary through the Department of Homeland Security and/or the FBI to immediately begin an investigation to catch those that continue to prey on families facing the nightmare of having a child with cancer, and then, having experienced the death of that child.
Max Cure Foundations Vice-Chairman, Richard Plotkin adds to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's recent webchat on survivorship in childhood cancer. In this post you will find the video where Lisa Diller, MD, answers questions about the unique needs and concerns for patients and families transitioning off treatment, including fertility issues, follow-up care, and emotional challenges young survivors face.