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Tecumseh

Fundraiser to fight childhood cancer

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Hey all- As a few of you may know, after being inspired by @bigbottom's son's battle with cancer, I became a pediatric hematology and oncology nurse. This year I'm taking part in a 5k swim to raise money for the research efforts on the unit that I work on. The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorder Center at CHOA is one of the leading pediatric cancer centers in the country, and was again just listed in the top 10 in US News and World Report rankings. All proceeds from my swim will go to support research against childhood leukemia. I'd really appreciate the support of the FFA.

Thanks,

Tec

http://www.swimacrossamerica.org/goto/tecumseh

 

 

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Count us in!!!

And as I’ve told you privately before, we are so amazed and inspired by the calling you have pursued. Pediatric oncology nurses are just about the best people in the world as far as I am concerned, and they are now better that you are among them. 

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Wouldn't it be better just to fight cancer in general?

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29 minutes ago, trident said:

Wouldn't it be better just to fight cancer in general?

What do you mean “fight cancer in general”?  Treatment protocols for cancer vary widely depending on the type of cancer (and there are many types).  Treatment protocols also differ widely between adults and children. New treatments (i.e. cures) being researched are likely to be targeted to the specific type of cancer at issue and the age of the patient (child vs. adult), as the concept of a single “moon shot” treatment that cures all cancer is extremely remote.  Most advancements are iterative. 

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41 minutes ago, trident said:

Wouldn't it be better just to fight cancer in general?

 

6 minutes ago, bigbottom said:

What do you mean “fight cancer in general”?  Treatment protocols for cancer vary widely depending on the type of cancer (and there are many types).  Treatment protocols also differ widely between adults and children. New treatments (i.e. cures) being researched are likely to be targeted to the specific type of cancer at issue and the age of the patient (child vs. adult), as the concept of a single “moon shot” treatment that cures all cancer is extremely remote.  Most advancements are iterative. 

Not to mention that pediatric cancer donations and research grants pale in comparison to many other types of cancer, mostly because parents don't want to even think about the idea of (their) kids being affected so they in effect prefer to ignore it. I'm speaking broadly of course but look at the numbers and try to figure out a better reason. 

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10 minutes ago, RUSF18 said:

 

Not to mention that pediatric cancer donations and research grants pale in comparison to many other types of cancer, mostly because parents don't want to even think about the idea of (their) kids being affected so they in effect prefer to ignore it. I'm speaking broadly of course but look at the numbers and try to figure out a better reason. 

Excellent point. Moreover, only 4% of federal cancer research funding is dedicated to pediatric cancer research. 

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Done.  Good luck!

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1 hour ago, trident said:

Wouldn't it be better just to fight cancer in general?

I suppose it would, but there really isn't any such thing as generalized cancer research. There are so many different types of cancer, that there will never be one panacea cure-all. There are solid tumors, liquid tumors, leukemias, lymphomas, cancers of the muscle, bone, fascia, organs, skin, etc. On top of that, cancer in children is treated very differently from cancer in adults, and on top of it all, receives a small fraction of the funding that adult cancers receive. I appreciate you asking the question. Most people don't understand the complexity of the problem.

ETA: Typed this before seeing the answers above. Thanks guys.

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48 minutes ago, psychobillies said:

Done.  Good luck!

Thank you!!

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Good luck and be careful.

Alligators have been spotted there...

:shark:

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Just now, eoMMan said:

Good luck and be careful.

Alligators have been spotted there...

:shark:

Really?? I'm more creeped out by the bodies that haven't been found. :scared:

On the plus side, maybe I'll find Julio Jones' earring.

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2 hours ago, bigbottom said:

Count us in!!!

And as I’ve told you privately before, we are so amazed and inspired by the calling you have pursued. Pediatric oncology nurses are just about the best people in the world as far as I am concerned, and they are now better that you are among them. 

Wow, thank you so much!!

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Done. Good luck and have fun!

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3 hours ago, Uruk-Hai said:

Done. Good luck and have fun!

Thank you!!

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7 hours ago, trident said:

Wouldn't it be better just to fight cancer in general?

All cancers matter! 

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10 hours ago, Tecumseh said:

Hey all- As a few of you may know, after being inspired by @bigbottom's son's battle with cancer, I became a pediatric hematology and oncology nurse. This year I'm taking part in a 5k swim to raise money for the research efforts on the unit that I work on. The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorder Center at CHOA is one of the leading pediatric cancer centers in the country, and was again just listed in the top 10 in US News and World Report rankings. All proceeds from my swim will go to support research against childhood leukemia. I'd really appreciate the support of the FFA.

Thanks,

Tec

http://www.swimacrossamerica.org/goto/tecumseh

 

 

I haven't really shared a lot of details here, but I lost my son in 2016 after he battled osteosarcoma and leukemia. My handle here is his old XboxLive handle. The care that we got during all of his treatment was so amazing, it was life-altering.

I hope that noone else on this board ever has to experience it firsthand, but what you do for a living has an immense impact on the world. I just wanted to express my admiration and gratitutde that people like you are willing and capable of doing such amazing work.

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Done.  Great cause.  Thank you for what you do.

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9 hours ago, rustycolts said:

Done.  Great cause.  Thank you for what you do.

Thank you very much!

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10 hours ago, ProstheticRGK said:

I haven't really shared a lot of details here, but I lost my son in 2016 after he battled osteosarcoma and leukemia. My handle here is his old XboxLive handle. The care that we got during all of his treatment was so amazing, it was life-altering.

I hope that noone else on this board ever has to experience it firsthand, but what you do for a living has an immense impact on the world. I just wanted to express my admiration and gratitutde that people like you are willing and capable of doing such amazing work.

I'm very sorry about your son. Osteo and leukemia by themselves are so difficult,but combining the two?? So hard, and so unfair...  

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11 minutes ago, Tecumseh said:

I'm very sorry about your son. Osteo and leukemia by themselves are so difficult,but combining the two?? So hard, and so unfair...  

Thanks for the kind words. He fought hard. First osteo, then leukemia secondary r/t the chemo from osteo. 

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8 hours ago, ProstheticRGK said:

Thanks for the kind words. He fought hard. First osteo, then leukemia secondary r/t the chemo from osteo. 

I’m so sorry to hear this. How old was he when he passed if you don’t mind me asking?

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Done and very sorry to hear ProstheticRGK.

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30 minutes ago, baymen said:

Done and very sorry to hear ProstheticRGK.

Thank you so much for your donation. You guys are absolutely crushing it in here.

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On 7/11/2018 at 11:17 AM, trident said:

Wouldn't it be better just to fight cancer in general?

I think we found RnR new alias.

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2 hours ago, bigbottom said:

I’m so sorry to hear this. How old was he when he passed if you don’t mind me asking?

He was just shy of his 16th birthday. Original diagnosis came when he was 11.

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43 minutes ago, ProstheticRGK said:

He was just shy of his 16th birthday. Original diagnosis came when he was 11.

Damn dude it's like a gut punch when I read things like this.  I could not even comprehend what you must have went through.  My deepest sympathies.

 

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done. thank you for doing this, and i hope it's a great success. 

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16 minutes ago, rustycolts said:

Damn dude it's like a gut punch when I read things like this.  I could not even comprehend what you must have went through.  My deepest sympathies.

 

Appreciate it, brother. And, again, I can't say it enough- people like Tecumseh are my heroes. They help dozens of kids and their families every day. They get attached and go through the ups and downs of treatment and manage to provide comfort and care. I swear, working that job must be like a refining furnace, because I have yet to meet a pediatric oncology RN who was not a genuinely good human being.

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59 minutes ago, Quint said:

done. thank you for doing this, and i hope it's a great success. 

Thank you very much, and thanks for the kind note!!

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53 minutes ago, ProstheticRGK said:

Appreciate it, brother. And, again, I can't say it enough- people like Tecumseh are my heroes. They help dozens of kids and their families every day. They get attached and go through the ups and downs of treatment and manage to provide comfort and care. I swear, working that job must be like a refining furnace, because I have yet to meet a pediatric oncology RN who was not a genuinely good human being.

I appreciate the kind words, but it's the kids who are the heroes. Seeing them fight through what are some just incredibly horrible circumstances amazes me everyday. It's inspiring and heart breaking and miraculous and infuriating and energizing and exhausting, all at the same time. 

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2 hours ago, ProstheticRGK said:

He was just shy of his 16th birthday. Original diagnosis came when he was 11.

I am so so sorry to hear of your loss. I hope you and your son’s mom are surviving what must be crushing grief. 2016 must feel like yesterday. I can imagine all of the ups and downs you must have experienced during that 4+ year battle. I hope and pray that there were good times as well. Please reach out if you ever need anything.

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I am also sorry for your loss, ProstheticRGK. That's awful. 

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