THE URGENT NEED TO IMPROVE TREATMENTS & OUTCOMES FOR CHILDREN WITH CANCER
Mom of a young blood cancer patient shares her story to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s commitment to driving forward pediatric cancer research
Leukemia is the most common cancer diagnosed in children and adolescents younger than 20 years. Treatments for this type of cancer are harsh and outdated, and those who survive their diagnosis are at risk of experiencing long-term effects and life-threatening complications.
Courtney Addison knows all too well the challenges and devastating effects a cancer diagnosis can have on a child and their family. In spring 2020, her three-year-old son Cayden was diagnosed with a high-risk form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). To treat his cancer, Cayden endured surgeries, chemotherapy and countless overnight hospital stays.
Courtney is available on Wednesday, October 13 from 7am – 12pm ET to discuss Cayden’s health now and share her family’s experience by Cayden’s side throughout his cancer journey. Courtney will also talk about the valuable support she and her family received from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the importance of LLS’s partnership with national retailer Burlington to drive forward research for better treatments and cures for children with cancer, and how your community can make a difference in the lives of pediatric blood cancer patients like her son Cayden.
LLS is committed to improving outcomes for children with blood cancer. Through the LLS Children’s Initiative, it is offering more free support services and resources for pediatric patients and increasing its investment in pediatric cancer research so children will not only survive a cancer diagnosis but also thrive after treatment for many years to come. As LLS and Burlington celebrate 20 years of partnership and commitment to blood cancer patients, Burlington has committed to a five-year, $20 million investment to The LLS Children’s Initiative, to support more pediatric research grants and break down the barriers that stand in the way of pediatric cancer care innovation, as well as further the mission of LLS.
SUGGESTED QUESTIONS FOR Courtney:
- Thanks for joining us with your story today. Tell us how you felt when your son was diagnosed with cancer?
- And how is your son doing today?
- How were you introduced to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society? And how are you involved with LLS now?
- Why do you think it’s important for others to learn more about LLS and what they’re doing for pediatric cancer patients?
- What would you say to other parents going through a similar experience?
- Where can listeners find more information?
This interview is courtesy of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Dr. Wilcox is a Doctorate prepared nurse who also holds a Masters in Health Administration and
is Board Certified in Nursing Informatics. Dr. Wilcox has 28 years of healthcare experience in
which he worked as a bedside nurse, hospital administrator, and in healthcare information
technology which has helped him to develop his unique perspective on the American Healthcare
Dr. Wilcox is the author of the book “How to Avoid Being a Victim of the American Healthcare
System: A Patient’s Handbook for Survival (2021)” available at
Dr. Wilcox currently resides in North Carolina with his wife and their three dogs.
Dr Wilcox’s website: Dr. David Wilcox – Healthcare, American Healthcare System (drdavidwilcox.com)
Dr. McCullough is an internist, cardiologist, epidemiologist managing the cardiovascular complications of both the viral infection and the injuries developing after the COVID-19 vaccine in Dallas TX, USA. Since the outset of the pandemic, Dr. McCullough has been a leader in the medical response to the COVID-19 disaster and has published “Pathophysiological Basis and Rationale for Early Outpatient Treatment of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Infection” the first synthesis of sequenced multidrug treatment of ambulatory patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the American Journal of Medicine and subsequently updated in Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine. He has 54 peer-reviewed publications on the infection and has commented extensively on the medical response to the COVID-19 crisis in TheHill, America Out Loud, and on FOX NEWS Channel. On November 19, 2020, Dr. McCullough testified in the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and throughout 2021 in the Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, Colorado General Assembly, New Hampshire Senate, and South Carolina Senate concerning many aspects of the pandemic response. Dr. McCullough has two years of dedicated academic and clinical efforts in combating the SARS-CoV-2 virus and in doing so, has reviewed thousands of reports, participated in scientific congresses, group discussions, press releases, and has been considered among the world’s experts on COVID-19.
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