Profile: Mary Tyler Mom

Sheila Quirke

Sheila Quirke was trained and worked as a clinical social worker when her daughter, Donna, was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor. Donna would die at four years old in 2009. In 2011, Sheila published Donna's Cancer Story on her blog. It confirmed the power of storytelling in creating much needed activists for the childhood cancer community. Since 2013, Sheila has opened her Mary Tyler Mom blog up to curate the September Series, sharing the story of a child and family coping with cancer every day of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month -- 30 days, 30 stories. Outside of September, Sheila works as a freelance writer with a focus on social activism and parenting. She mothers two young sons and tries to keep a lid on household chaos.

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Isaac's Story: A Nest Filled with Love

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Each day a different guest blogger will be featured who will generously share their personal experience with childhood cancer. Stories are always more potent than statistics.
The following story is by Sarah Steiner.

Category: Childrens Cancer Awareness

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Erin's Story: Being a Childhood Cancer Survivor

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Each day a different guest blogger will be featured who will generously share their personal experience with childhood cancer. Stories are always more potent than statistics.
The following story is by Erin Miller.

Category: Childrens Cancer Awareness

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Shea's Story: Coming Home for Good

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Each day a different guest blogger will be featured who will generously share their personal experience with childhood cancer. Stories are always more potent than statistics.
The following story is by Liz Anderluh.

Category: Childrens Cancer Awareness

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Cole's Story: The Lucky Ones

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Each day a different guest blogger will be featured who will generously share their personal experience with childhood cancer. Stories are always more potent than statistics.
The following story is by Michelle Zenie.

Category: Childrens Cancer Awareness

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Joey's Story: A Legacy of Laughter

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Each day a different guest blogger will be featured who will generously share their personal experience with childhood cancer. Stories are always more potent than statistics.
The following story is by Kathy Glow.

Category: Childrens Cancer Awareness

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Matt's Story: Family Scars

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Each day a different guest blogger will be featured who will generously share their personal experience with childhood cancer. Stories are always more potent than statistics.
The following story is by Leah Richards.

Category: Childrens Cancer Awareness

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Samantha's Story: Realistic and Optimistic

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Each day a different guest blogger will be featured who will generously share their personal experience with childhood cancer. Stories are always more potent than statistics.
The following story is by Ellen Eggenberger.

Category: Childrens Cancer Awareness

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Chase's Story: What It Means to Me

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Each day a different guest blogger will be featured who will generously share their personal experience with childhood cancer. Stories are always more potent than statistics.
The following story is by Eleanor Ewold.

Category: Childrens Cancer Awareness

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Ella Joy's Story: Prayers Answered

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Each day a different guest blogger will be featured who will generously share their personal experience with childhood cancer. Stories are always more potent than statistics.
The following story is by Anne Won.

Category: Childrens Cancer Awareness

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Cari's Story: Awareness into Action

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Each day a different guest blogger will be featured who will generously share their personal experience with childhood cancer. Stories are always more potent than statistics.
The following story is by Cari McQuinn.

Category: Childrens Cancer Awareness

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Libby's Story: An RN's Reality

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Each day a different guest blogger will be featured who will generously share their personal experience with childhood cancer. Stories are always more potent than statistics.
The following story is by Libby Traeger, RN.

Category: Childrens Cancer Awareness

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Living Outside of Hospital Walls

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Each day a different guest blogger will be featured who will generously share their personal experience with childhood cancer. Stories are always more potent than statistics.
The following story is by Maya.

Category: Childrens Cancer Awareness

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Once a Cancer Mom, Always a Cancer Mom

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Each day a different guest blogger will be featured who will generously share their personal experience with childhood cancer. Stories are always more potent than statistics.
The following story is by Pauline Grady.

Category: Childrens Cancer Awareness

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Gregory's Story: Hoping for Hope

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Each day a different guest blogger will be featured who will generously share their personal experience with childhood cancer. Stories are always more potent than statistics.
The following story is by Mindi Finch.

Category: Childrens Cancer Awareness

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The September Series: Childhood Cancer Awareness

For me, September is a bit like looking down the open mouth of a lion. It can be overwhelming and sad, uplifting and hopeful, or both of those things within moments. Using my platform to raise awareness about childhood cancer is not without a price to me, or my family. By soliciting the stories of children with cancer, I purposefully keep myself rooted in the childhood cancer community, despite our daughter Donna being gone just shy of five years now.

Category: Childrens Cancer Awareness

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