Marty's Joke of the Day

Marty's Joke of the day is an internet column that I've written for more than 5 years.
I tell humorous stories about my "sweet wife" and raising our 4 young sons, named #1, #2, #3, and #4.
After 5 years of story telling, in August of 2005, doctors found a brain tumor in son #4.
Our focus here has changed little as we still try to find humor in our lives.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

5/22 Brain Tumors in the News

Thursday, May 22, 2008

With the recent diagnosis of Senator Kennedy's brain tumor, there has a been a lot of stuff in the news about it.

Most of the news has already pronounced him dead.

C'mon media! There is hope. Look at son #4!

Today we're 2 years, 9 months, and 14 days since diagnosis of son #4's ependymoma brain tumor. Sure it's been up and down, but we're doing great right now. We only have a little more than 2 years to reach the golden number of 5 years cancer free, where survival percentages rise dramaticlly.

Senator Kennedy may be on the far end of the political left wing, about as far as you can get away from me, but I'm still praying for the man.

And, there's more we all can do.

St. Jude Children's hospital just ran an article (here) about a collaboration researching ependymoma brain tumors. (the kind son #4 had)...

They'll get an extra chuck of change from me this year, hope you can do the same!


The world’s top experts in pediatric and adult cancer are uniting to eradicate a rare cancer that kills both children and adults.

What’s the best way to find a cure for a vicious cancer that kills both children and adults? The answer seems obvious: Assemble the world’s top experts on adult and pediatric cancer. Encourage them to focus their intellect, energy and creativity on curing that disease.

It sounds simple, doesn’t it? But it has never been done before. Until now.

Recently, two groups of brilliant scientists embarked on the first direct collaboration to find a cure for ependymoma, a rare central nervous system tumor that affects people of all ages.

Ependymoma arises from cells located within the ventricles of the brain and spinal cord. In children, the tumors usually appear in the brain; in adolescents and adults, the tumors generally form along the spinal cord.
(more here)

Enjoy your day...


  • At 10:27 AM, Blogger Kathy said…

    I beLIeVE in a CURE and one will come with research.

    As we approach the Memorial Day weekend, please take time to pray for and remember the "Littlest Soldiers" and the men and women serving our country. Happy Memorial Day.

    The Littlest Soldiers

    The medals on our chests
    Are portacaths for meds
    Helmets won't stay on
    Cause no hair is on our heads.

    Our weapons of destruction
    We take every day
    We fight the battle within us
    While we struggle on to play.

    We fight with honor and courage
    No marine could do as well
    We are only little children
    Living in this hell.

    So bring on the medals
    The Purple Hearts of Wars
    The Gold Cross, The Silver Star
    To place upon our scars.

    For We are the Children of Cancer
    No one has fought so hard
    But every day we struggle on
    Our LIFE is our reward.

    by Cheryl Jagannathan

    Here's A Video TributeMade To Honor Our "Littlest Soldiers"...


    "I beLIeVE In A Cure"
    http://brownbagforacure.org http://brownbagforacure.blogspot.com/

  • At 10:58 AM, Blogger tammy said…

    Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your talk Sunday. It was fun to be in the old ward.

  • At 12:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I noticed you posted on my blog and then read through some of your blog as well. Your son is now being prayed for in the Scott household as well in Mid-eastern IL of all places.

    And you're right .......... PACS Admins DO in fact ROCK!!!


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