CAC2 Childhood Cancer Community News Digest (April 10-16)

Assorted News from the Last Week:

Cancer researchers continue to make progress in developing tests using liquid biopsies for pediatric solid tumors that could complement and even serve as an alternative to traditional tissue biopsies.

Researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have outlined opportunities for achieving President Biden and First Lady Biden’s Cancer Moonshot℠ national goal of reducing the cancer death rate by at least 50% over the next 25 years.

In this Q&A, NCI Director Monica Bertagnolli, M.D., and Deputy Director for Clinical and Translational Research James H. Doroshow, M.D., talk about the challenges of clinical trials and important steps NCI is taking to improve their effectiveness.

Blog Post: “Although grief never leaves us, we learn how to cope. And as we become seasoned oncologists, I hope we can not only empathize with our patients, but learn to manage this storm of emotions, so that ultimately, we can touch so many more lives in the future.”

Upcoming Webinars, Online Opportunities, and Meetings:

Registration has opened for the CAC2 2023 Annual Summit, presented by Day One Biopharmaceuticals! This year’s conference takes place from noon, Monday, June 19 through 2:00 pm, Wednesday, June 21, 2023, in Atlanta, GA, at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Emory University.  Click here for more information and to register.

MIB Agents Osteosarcoma Alliance FACTOR 2023 Conference brings together the leading osteosarcoma researchers and clinicians, along with patient families and OsteoWarriors (survivors, patients and siblings of OsteoWarriors and OsteoAngels) to Make It Better for those battling this disease.  Click here for more information.

Recordings of Recent Past Events:

CAC2 member Mark Levine hosts a podcast called, “Help and Hope Happen Here” (available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts). Access recent podcasts with CAC2 Members (and visit Help and Hope Happen Here for interviews with other CAC2 members and thought leaders from around the community):

  • Lori Earl (CAC2 Board Member This Star Won’t Go Out)

Take Action:

The 2023 Evan Lindberg & Erik Ludwinski College Scholarship Program is now accepting applications!  The program is open to high school seniors who are survivors of high-risk cancers or currently in treatment.  Students must be enrolled in a 4-year undergraduate institution and demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Three (3) $10,000 scholarships will be awarded. Applications are accepted from March 15 to May 1, with winners announced July 1.  Each winner will receive $2,500 in scholarship support their freshman year.  Funding will be renewed annually (for a total of $10,000 over 4 years), if eligibility requirements are maintained.  Please apply here: 2023 Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarships — The EVAN Foundation.  Contact for more information:


The Communication Team at the Childhood Cancer Data Initiative is hoping to identify personal stories from the patient/caregiver/survivor perspective to feature in their monthly newsletter debuting next month.  Each month the CCDI progress update will include three stories of people in the childhood cancer community that either relate directly to childhood cancer data sharing or allow them to highlight a need that CCDI would help meet.  Please email Vickie at of you have a story or would like more information.


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