Tag Archives: pediatric cancer

At age 11 and fighting cancer, Wayne taught me how to live

Original version published in July 2013. Wayne died Dec, 2, 2010. Watching a child die should slap us in the face, provide some perspective as to what’s really important and how we should live our lives. That’s what my little … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, children's hospital | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Photo 101, Day Nineteen: Double, double, toil and … stars!

Today’s Photo 101 assignment — find something that’s a “double” and then rotate the image if you feel like it — was a fun challenge. I actually caught myself looking for sets of twins everywhere I went, but quickly decided that … Continue reading

Posted in children's hospital, Irish Investigations, photography | Tagged , , , , , | 12 Comments

The driving force behind St. Baldrick’s success in Syracuse

It takes thousands of volunteers and donors to raise almost $500,000 for pediatric cancer research at one event. It also takes one hell of a master of ceremonies to pull it off. Meet Charles “Chow” Downey. He presides over the annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, Irish Investigations | Tagged , , , , , , | 17 Comments

‘Kicked the bucket’ and other colorful obituaries

I confess I’m a regular reader of the obit page. When I come across someone whose formal obituary uses a phrase like “kicked the bucket,” I have to read it. This happened today, and it provides another example of the … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, Irish Investigations | Tagged , , , , , | 9 Comments

Balloons sent to heaven for ‘Ms. Toots’ on her 2nd birthday

“Ms. Toots” would have smiled and blown kisses to everybody who came to honor her on her second birthday Wednesday. Arie Baugh lost her fight with kidney cancer in July, two months shy of turning 2 years old. Arie’s mom … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, Children, children's hospital, family, Irish Investigations, Volunteering | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

I’m shaving my head again for St. Baldrick’s cancer research

I’m going bald again this spring, quite willingly. For the sixth consecutive March, I’ll join more than 400 others — men, women and children — at our local St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser for pediatric cancer research. Ten at a time, … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, children's hospital, family, Irish Investigations | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

‘God bless Kyle’ and other moments from 2013

“Irish Investigations” has awakened my passion for writing and for telling stories that matter. Starting and feeding this blog has rekindled my spirit and my optimism. Along the way, I’ve met some people who are truly inspiring, and I’ve gotten … Continue reading

Posted in Irish Investigations, poverty, role models, running, war, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments