Wading Through the Rubble

Whether natural or human-created, disasters create rubble. In the aftermath of such tragedies, news feeds fill with images of catastrophic destruction. Once tall, majestic structures reduced to rubble; streets and neighborhoods filled with endless piles of debris; lives left in ruins and a cry for help issued locally, nationally, and globally. In the days that follow a disaster, amid myriad heartbreaking tragedies, come stories [...]

2019-11-07T11:37:53-06:00November 7th, 2019|Blog, Sarah Bartosz|

Transforming the Story of Childhood Cancer

Viewing Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 2019 through the rearview mirror has been a wonderful lesson in realizing that looking back helps to transform the future. While recalling the flurry of GOLDEN events that made up September 2019 is important, in order to truly make an impact and find cures for every child, everywhere, G9 must look forward with 20/20 vision in an effort to [...]

2019-10-23T11:02:28-05:00October 23rd, 2019|Blog|

A Rush to GOLD

When my daughter Annie envisioned the idea for Gold In September, she saw a world that turned pink in October and stopped shaving in November in the spirit of raising awareness. She had a vision that one day, the same would be true with the color gold for kids. It was a simple goal: awareness. As we settle into Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 2019, [...]

2019-09-18T14:27:03-05:00September 12th, 2019|Blog, Sarah Bartosz|

I Spy . . . Hope

Last week I was humbled to be one of the keynote speakers at Pediatrics 2040 (Peds2040). The event was the annual meeting of the international Society for Pediatric Innovation or iSPI. Below is the transcript from my presentation. It provides the culmination of my journey as well as Gold In September's vision as we continue to innovate, collaborate, and grow GOLDEN awareness and funding so that every child, [...]

2019-08-29T12:52:55-05:00August 29th, 2019|Blog, Sarah Bartosz|

Struggling to Fit In – The Plight of AYA Cancer Patients

Since 2005, when my son Jack was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, I have stood on the platform of awareness and research to help find and fund cures for childhood cancer. It is a platform my family certainly didn’t willingly ask to stand on . . . but as my late husband John so thoughtfully said time and time again, “if not us, then who?” Unfortunately, [...]

2019-08-08T15:00:22-05:00August 8th, 2019|Blog, Sarah Bartosz|

Cataclysmic Attachment Trauma

When a family is impacted by a childhood cancer diagnosis, the lifelong consequences are profound regardless of outcome. As a parent whose child lost this battle, healing is a daily and often overwhelming struggle. And let us not forget about the other side to this struggle for the parents whose children survive. There is no simply ‘moving on’ following the life-altering events that occur [...]

2019-07-25T14:48:59-05:00July 25th, 2019|Blog|

The Cost of Being a Survivor

Survivor(n): a person who continues to function or prosper in spite of opposition, hardship, or setbacks. The ultimate goal of every family enduring a childhood cancer diagnosis is survival. No brainer, right? Every parent who has a child battling cancer longs for nothing more than to proclaim their child is one of the 80% who survived this horrible disease and gets to “ring the [...]

2019-07-11T14:22:50-05:00July 11th, 2019|Blog, Sarah Bartosz|

The Power of Collaboration – Lessons Learned at CAC2

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." – Helen Keller Collaboration is a common buzzword spoken frequently in forward-thinking businesses and organizations. It is the understanding that the sum of everyone’s collective efforts provides a far better end result. In the fight against childhood cancer, there are many organizations that are inter-connected as we work together to fundraise [...]

2019-07-11T14:01:30-05:00June 26th, 2019|Blog, Sarah Bartosz|

Living In the Moments of Life’s Transitions

“A lot can be told from what happens in between the main moments.” – Annie Leibovitz June is upon us…and with it comes a flurry of activity. Children move on from one grade to the next, graduation ceremonies usher in the next phase for young adults, marriages mark new chapters for couples in love, and this month brings with it the longest, lightest days [...]

2019-07-29T10:59:25-05:00June 10th, 2019|Blog, Blogs, Sarah Bartosz|

Celebrating the Both/And this Memorial Day

“... for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” William Shakespeare This coming Monday our nation will celebrate Memorial Day. This day has become synonymous with family picnics and time off. But for the families missing a loved one who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, the day must be both a welcome day of remembrance and a heartbreaking reminder of what [...]

2019-05-23T14:06:23-05:00May 23rd, 2019|Blog, Sarah Bartosz|