Childhood cancer, Afghanistan and Iraq

Different yet parallel worlds. Perception versus reality.


What the public hears….


 “We’re kicking ass!” - President Bush when the Australian Deputy Prime Minister asked him how the war was going.


Because of major treatment advances, 80% of these children will survive 5 years or more. This is a huge increase from before the 1970s, when the 5-year survival rate was less than 50%.” – American Cancer Society


How survivors feel…


 “I still see myself shoot the bad guy.  I see a still frame of the guy halfway hitting the ground with a hole in his head.  It’s like a slide show in my head I can’t stop.” – PFC Jay March, Army 2-16 Battalion


 “beep (air in the line)… when you’ve almost forgotten for just one second that you’ve spent the last six months writhing in pain in a hospital bed and that the next year isn’t looking any better.”- Sebastian Gillen, childhood cancer survivor


Information distribution….


"Major combat operations in Iraq have ended.” – President Bush, 2003


 “Although the incidence of invasive cancer in children has increased slightly over the past 30 years, mortality rates have declined by 50 percent for many childhood cancers.” – National Cancer Institute


How they feel on the front line….


"Jesus…" – Ralph Kauzlarich, US Army Lt. Col, his eyes filling with tears as he watched another soldier dying in front of his eyes


“….it is unimaginable.”  - Dr. Peter Adamson, Chair of Children’s Oncology Group describing how he guides children and families when options grow short


How those left behind feel….


"F**k you.” – Sal Giunta, when asked what went through his head when notified he was going to be the first person awarded the Medal of Honor while alive


I miss everything about you right now.” – 7 more Moms and Dads today


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