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A tribute to Nicole

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Nicole loved dancing, swimming, decorating cupcakes, playing with her sister, and elephants. She had a ready smile and infectious giggle. We would be honored if you supported cc-TDI to help them in their mission to find better treatments for our kids in tribute to Nicole.
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About A tribute to Nicole

Our daughter Nicole was 7 years old when she was diagnosed with DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma). She fought hard for 19 months before leaving this world. She left behind her big sister Renee, her mom, and her dad who miss her very much! Nicole was a bright, graceful, beautiful girl. She loved dancing, swimming, decorating cupcakes, playing with her sister, and elephants. She had a ready smile and infectious giggle. Nicole was always very involved in helping local charities, even throughout her illness and treatment. 

Nicole was diagnosed with DIPG on January 14, 2010. While she was seated on her mom’s lap, the doctor explained that she had about 8-12 months to live. She was 7 years old at the time. She knew what she was up against, but continually planned for the future and lived each day to its fullest. She even fed animals at the zoo the day before she died. Thanks to our doctors’ willingness to try an unconventional treatment, Nicole surpassed the typical 9 months survival mark. She fought a courageous battle for 19.5 months and earned her wings on August 30, 2011. We were so happy to have those extra months and hope that today’s research will buy many more years for children diagnosed in the future. 

Our family has been involved in organizing the 2012 Pediatric Cancer Nanocourse in Portland and the 2014 DIPG Nanocourse at Stanford. From the 2012 course, we published a "research roadmap" for DIPG in the journal, Pediatric Blood & Cancer (see: a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma roadmap: guiding research toward a cure.) cc-TDI truly embodies this spirit of scientists and families partnering for cancer cures. Researchers at cc-TDI have the capability and the passion to perform a lot of science called for on the DIPG roadmap. 

We are heavily involved in CureStartsNow fundraising, but we would like to give our supporters the option to donate directly to cc-TDI as well. Dr. Keller (cc-TDI’s scientific director) has supported our family through our childhood cancer experience and we would be honored if others chose to support cc-TDI to help them in their mission to find better treatments for our kids.

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