Marine Unit Salutes Kids With Cancer

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On October 29, Marines from the 4th Combat Engineer Battalion, in Parkville, Maryland visited our pediatric oncology patients. The Marines handed out specially made military tags and presented inpatients and outpatients with "honorary super kid Marine" certificates. They also performed a customized military salute and flag presentation to our childhood cancer director, Donald Small, M.D.,(...)

Morgan’s Gift of Hope

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**This blog post was written by Kimmel Cancer Center's Development Specialist, Allison Rich. For most young girls, birthdays are a time of celebration – parties, gifts, and blowing out yet another candle are some of the typical highlights to look forward to. This year, however, one very special girl dreamed of something more – she(...)

If You Think E-Cigarettes Aren’t Bad For You, Think Again

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In this technological era, I suppose it should not be all that surprising that even our bad habits have gotten a techy remake.  E-cigarettes, battery-operated devices that simulate smoking by vaporizing a liquid solution containing nicotine as well as added flavors have hit the market with storm.  Vaping—the term for the use of these electronic(...)

Intertwining Healing and Art

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**This blog piece was written by Judy F. Minkove on the Communal Art Project I’m so proud of you, Mom … I love you beyond reason … Hope you’re jammin’ in Heaven … are among hundreds of poignant messages that form an artistic expression of love and loss at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.(...)

Why I Ride: Michele Fountain

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For Michele Fountain, a second-year cyclist in the Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Sibley Memorial Hospital, Suburban Hospital and Howard County General Hospital, there is more than one reason why she gears up and rides. Having worked at Johns Hopkins for over 30 years—12 of which have been spent(...)

Making a Difference at Overlea High School

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On March 26, 2015, a committed group of students at Overlea High School proudly presented the Kimmel Cancer Center with the funds they had raised to support the Breast Cancer Program and the patients and families whom it benefits. Under the guidance of their teacher, Mrs. Mary Demski, the students worked together to plan multiple(...)

Our Story of Cancer: “Inspire an Unprecedented Outpouring of Support”

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We've asked our staff to share their thoughts on the PBS documentary, Cancer: Emperor of All Maladies. This week, we'll post their comments, including how they hope it will influence the public dialogue on cancer, research and treatment. Pediatric oncologist, Pat Brown, M.D. shares his thoughts: "I hope it (the documentary) will inspire an unprecedented outpouring of(...)

ASCO’s Best of 2014

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What better way to begin 2015 than with a nod to our scientists who, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), have led some of the past year's major achievements in clinical cancer research and care. The research, in the immunotherapy and prostate cancer fields and led by Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center(...)

Patients Kept Cozy This Winter

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Through a grant from The Women's Board of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, selected Kimmel Cancer Center patients are receiving ChemoCozy jackets this winter. The fleece jackets, stylishly and thoughtfully designed by cancer survivor Greg Hamilton and his wife, provide easy access to peripherally and centrally-inserted intravenous lines, implanted devices and pockets for surgical drains.  “We(...)

Finding Peace for Patients

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The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center offers many resources to patients and families including spiritual and pastoral care.  Our staff members offer sensitive, spiritual support for patients, family members, caregivers and hospital staff from a wide variety of religious denominations. Chaplain Rhonda Cooper shared her calling to work with cancer patients in a recent article(...)