Childhood Cancer

One step at a time, one prayer at a time

One step at a time, one prayer at a time

Normal is defined as conforming to a standard; usual, typical or expected. My name is Sarah Gossling and I am one of Rally Kid Grant’s older sisters. Almost eight years ago, on June 18, 2014, my brother was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma. My world was shattered. I was about to go into third grade when Grant was diagnosed, and I can remember trying to keep any bit of the normalcy that I had before I learned the word cancer. Before Grant was diagnosed, we were your average family. Four kids (and one addition later on), a whole lot of crazy, and not a care in the world. We loved traveling and going on adventures. We loved to swim together, play together and drive mom and dad crazy. If you caught us on a good day and the house was clean, it wouldn't be long before my brothers Grant and James were making messes. We were just kids being kids. Once Grant was diagnosed, it was harder to...

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New and Innovative Study Technique for Osteosarcoma Metastasis

New and Innovative Study Technique for Osteosarcoma Metastasis

Osteosarcoma (OS) is a type of cancer that begins in the cells that form bones, and mainly affects teenagers and young adults. In metastatic osteosarcoma, the cancer spreads from the primary bone site to another location, most often the lungs. It can also spread to other bones, the brain or other organs. Currently there are no curative treatments for metastatic osteosarcoma. We urgently need to develop new therapies. To better understand a disease, it is common for tumor research studies to use orthotopic implantation. This method grafts tumor tissue where the disease begins in a mouse model. For osteosarcoma studies that would be in a bone allowing researchers to examine cancer progression more accurately and identify potential drug combinations more reliably. Rally-funded researcher Lindsay Jones Talbot, MD, is a pediatric surgeon, researcher, and instructor at St. Jude Children’s...

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INSTRuCT Database for Rhabdomyosarcoma Impact

INSTRuCT Database for Rhabdomyosarcoma Impact

Rally is proud to be the initial funder for the creation of the INSTRuCT Database with a Consortium Grant to Dr. Sam Volchenboum of the Pediatric Cancer Data Commons (PCDC) at the University of Chicago. Recent advances in genomic medicine look promising in the study of rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS). RMS is a rare soft tissue malignancy primarily diagnosed before adolescence.   RMS studies are historically challenged, given that only approximately 350 patients are diagnosed with RMS each year in the United States and around 700 patients a year in Western Europe. It is challenging to conduct clinical trials of anticancer drugs for the treatment of RMS due to the rarity, its various subtypes and differences in gene mutations. As a solution, the International Soft-Tissue Sarcoma Database Consortium (INSTRuCT) was created through collaboration with the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Soft-Tissue...

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September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 2021

September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 2021

This September, we have so many amazing things planned for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. We are incredibly excited for you to join us as we raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research. Keep checking back to see what new events are added. All Month: 46 Faces of Rally 46 Faces of Rally honors the 46 children who are diagnosed with cancer every school day. The fundraiser is a powerful way for Rally Kids and their families to use their collective voices. Throughout the month, they help raise critical funds for childhood cancer research for each type of cancer that has affected them personally. Read about these Rally Kids now and donate to their fight against childhood cancer. Georgia-Pacific Clean Up Childhood Cancer Georgia-Pacific is helping to Clean Up Childhood Cancer. Everyone needs toilet paper, paper towels and paper plates. Starting September 1, GP will give 20% off...

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Childhood Cancer Facts

Childhood Cancer Facts

We want to give you the childhood cancer facts, so you know what that inspire us to Rally On towards our goal of finding better treatments with fewer long-term side effects and ultimately cures for kids that have cancer. Childhood Cancer Facts Childhood cancer is the #1 disease killer of kids in America. Every school day, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer. 1 in 5 children diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. will not survive. Approximately 1 in 264 children in the U.S. will develop cancer before turning 20 years old. According to the National Cancer Institute Funded Research Portfolio (NFRP) the average spent on childhood cancer is 4%. NCI spent 5% on childhood cancer research during 2018. Since 2004, only six drugs are approved by the FDA specifically for cancers in children and adolescents compared with hundreds of adult cancer drugs. Side-effects from current treatments are severe...

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Dean’s Reflections – June 2021

Dean’s Reflections – June 2021

Hi Friends, The Rally Team came to me with an idea. And you know at Rally, if there is one thing we like, it is new ideas! They wanted to do a quarterly newsletter that would be concise and let Rally, our community as a whole, know what was happening. They asked me if they could call it Dean’s Reflections. I personally think Rally Reflections would have been better, but I finally agreed. So welcome to the first Dean’s Reflections. My first reflection is looking back on 2020 and at the first half of 2021. I honestly have to tell you that I am so proud and humbled by Rally and our amazing community. In the middle of a pandemic, your generous support allowed us to support 352 families in 30 states through the hardships of fighting childhood cancer and an international pandemic. Throughout the pandemic, you supported our Department of Defense Medical Research advocacy efforts resulting in...

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Childhood Cancer

One step at a time, one prayer at a time

One step at a time, one prayer at a time

Normal is defined as conforming to a standard; usual, typical or expected. My name is Sarah Gossling and I am one of Rally Kid Grant’s older sisters. Almost eight years ago, on June 18, 2014, my brother was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma. My world was shattered. I was about to go into third grade when Grant was diagnosed, and I can remember trying to keep any bit of the normalcy that I had before I learned the word cancer. Before Grant was diagnosed, we were your average family. Four...

read more
New and Innovative Study Technique for Osteosarcoma Metastasis

New and Innovative Study Technique for Osteosarcoma Metastasis

Osteosarcoma (OS) is a type of cancer that begins in the cells that form bones, and mainly affects teenagers and young adults. In metastatic osteosarcoma, the cancer spreads from the primary bone site to another location, most often the lungs. It can also spread to other bones, the brain or other organs. Currently there are no curative treatments for metastatic osteosarcoma. We urgently need to develop new therapies. To better understand a disease, it is common for tumor research studies to...

read more
INSTRuCT Database for Rhabdomyosarcoma Impact

INSTRuCT Database for Rhabdomyosarcoma Impact

Rally is proud to be the initial funder for the creation of the INSTRuCT Database with a Consortium Grant to Dr. Sam Volchenboum of the Pediatric Cancer Data Commons (PCDC) at the University of Chicago. Recent advances in genomic medicine look promising in the study of rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS). RMS is a rare soft tissue malignancy primarily diagnosed before adolescence.   RMS studies are historically challenged, given that only approximately 350 patients are diagnosed with RMS each year in the...

read more
September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 2021

September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 2021

This September, we have so many amazing things planned for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. We are incredibly excited for you to join us as we raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research. Keep checking back to see what new events are added. All Month: 46 Faces of Rally 46 Faces of Rally honors the 46 children who are diagnosed with cancer every school day. The fundraiser is a powerful way for Rally Kids and their families to use their collective voices. Throughout the month, they...

read more
Childhood Cancer Facts

Childhood Cancer Facts

We want to give you the childhood cancer facts, so you know what that inspire us to Rally On towards our goal of finding better treatments with fewer long-term side effects and ultimately cures for kids that have cancer. Childhood Cancer Facts Childhood cancer is the #1 disease killer of kids in America. Every school day, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer. 1 in 5 children diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. will not survive. Approximately 1 in 264 children in the U.S. will develop cancer...

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Dean’s Reflections – June 2021

Dean’s Reflections – June 2021

Hi Friends, The Rally Team came to me with an idea. And you know at Rally, if there is one thing we like, it is new ideas! They wanted to do a quarterly newsletter that would be concise and let Rally, our community as a whole, know what was happening. They asked me if they could call it Dean’s Reflections. I personally think Rally Reflections would have been better, but I finally agreed. So welcome to the first Dean’s Reflections. My first reflection is looking back on 2020 and at the first...

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