It takes more than 160 characters to try to make sense of childhood cancer.

There are three books published recently that each in their own way try to share some of the experience of childhood cancer.   Written by three moms that had children with cancer, we let them speak for themselves.....

Thanks Dena, Karen and Joy.

No Retreat, No Surrender by Dena Sherwood


Dena Sherwood is the mother of two children, one of which was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma—a rare and deadly form of childhood cancer.

Dena became very active in the childhood-cancer community and subsequently founded Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation. To date the foundation has helped to fund several childhood cancer treatments, which are available in hospitals around the country. AWOCCF also sponsors programs to aid childhood cancer families emotionally, as well as providing  assistance to families who are suffering  hardship due to their child's diagnosis.
On July 6, 2008, when she first heard the devastating words, "Your son has neuroblastoma," she never imagined that those words would later become a blessing to so many.

Dena prayerfully fought alongside her son, for three and a half years, to give him the best chance of beating the disease. A year after diagnosis, with God's guidance,  Her son underwent chemotherapy, radiation, four major surgeries, immunotherapy, and a phase one vaccine trial and was later declared NED (No Evidence of Disease).

From living in fear to living by faith No Retreat, No Surrender chronicles how one family's faith in the Lord has brought hope and help to so many.

Because of Katie by Karen Boren Gerstenberger

Karen Boren Gerstenberger is a writer, wife and mother who lives with her family (including cats Latte & Liger) on the shores of Puget Sound, Washington. She enjoys reading, fitness walking, travel, good food, conversation and anything involving the beach. You can learn more on her blog:

In the autumn of 2006, the Gerstenberger family's life changed forever with their daughter Katie's cancer diagnosis. This is the true story, told by Katie's mother, of their journey together through her treatment, surgery, recovery, remission and beyond. "What a beautiful, forceful story...the beauty of Katie, the mother's heart, the family's love, and the importance for the medical community to meet these harrowing moments of life and crisis with great awareness and care...Your words will be of such benefit to those who walk this path, and also those supporting them." -Paula D'Arcy, author of "Gift of the Red Bird" and "When People Grieve"

Karen has established the Katie Gerstenberger Endowment Fund to benefit the Seattle Children's Hospital Foundation and works closely with Friends for Life - a Seattle Children's Hospital Guild

Hope Transformed by Joy Cruse

For five years, Joy and Tait Cruse walked closely with God while their four-year-old son, Connor, battled stage-IV cancer. Throughout this time, their primary focus was to navigate through the toughest battle of their lives without losing their hope in Christ.


Tait and Joy promised Connor they would do everything they could to keep other children from having to go through what Connor faced. So, the Cruses set up the TeamConnor Cancer Foundation in 2007 to help fund childhood cancer research.


Hope Transformed offers a simple guide in devotional/self-help format for readers to work through their own battles, while garnering strength from God. Many authors offer hope for readers during the battle. Hope Transformed also speaks to readers who, by not having their desires realized, feel defeated and lost. In the final chapters of the book, they use their post-battle wisdom to answer the compelling question, Where do you go when God says "no" The focus of this book is not about the loss of Connor. Connor's life was the stimulus to finding faith and hope in their battle and their loss. At first, their hope was in Connor's healing, but ultimately their hope was found in Christ.

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