Tag Archives: Joe Baber

Be Informed Grandparents

Once they have been told that their grandchild has cancer, the best thing a grandparent can do is get informed totally on the disease and all aspects of treatment. In this way, you can  be very helpful to the child’s … Continue reading

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“Normal”

From my 11 year-old grandson’s perspective, he (Conor) has always had a somewhat “normal” childhood. He lives in sunny California, enjoys, and is good in school.  He loves mountain biking and surfboarding  with his father. He’s become a real cool, cotton-topped … Continue reading

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This Gap is Big

Donna Carmical is a co-founder of Grandparents In Action. For Richard Plotkin and  I, “action” is the key word we use when it comes to describing Donna. She is relentless in her advocacy for better outcomes for  children affected by … Continue reading

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Words of Appreciation

Late last year, Richard Plotkin, a founder of Grandparents in Action. learned of a Navy Seal whose daughter (aka, Lulu) was diagnosed with cancer. Richard went into action and formed a task force to collect funds to help this family. … Continue reading

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Giving back to those who give

Active Duty Navy SEAL Seeks Our Help The 4 year old daughter of an active duty Navy SEAL was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. A Foundation (Boot Campaign) which assists those in the military reached out for … Continue reading

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Survivorship in Childhood Cancer

I recently introduced my friend Tom, who fought in Vietnam in the late 1960’s, as a former Marine. Tom immediately interrupted me and said, “I am not a former Marine, I am a Marine – there are no former Marines.” … Continue reading

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Palliative Care

Recently, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced it’s support for palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) for adults and children suffering from serious illness. To be honest, for a long, long time, I always associated palliative care with death, dying and hospice.  Many of the services offered under palliative … Continue reading

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