What Is . . .

. . . hope? Social distancing can not and will not stop the spread of awareness, knowledge, and action. Walking around the neighborhood with my kids last night, I was delighted to see the letters H-O-P-E colorfully painted and hanging in a front window. We stopped to admire the thoughtful handiwork with a smile and, in the moment, truly felt that hope. Though we [...]

2020-04-02T11:46:20-05:00April 2nd, 2020|Blog, Sarah Bartosz|

Gratitude for the Great Gold Team

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” Aesop Gold In September was built on hopes that began within the hearts and home of my family; but the truth is that the definition of family has always extended far beyond a single kitchen table to include the family of supporters, donors, volunteers, team members, advocates, and leaders who have helped to guide, encourage, influence, and [...]

2020-03-27T10:06:40-05:00March 27th, 2020|Blog, Sarah Bartosz|

The Greatness of Community

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” ~ Coretta Scott King What words can possibly be offered during these current days of fear, uncertainty, disbelief, and confusion? The simple answer: none. As someone who loves words and has used them to lift my spirit and heal my heart during the worst of personal times, I [...]

2020-03-20T11:23:21-05:00March 20th, 2020|Blog, Sarah Bartosz|

Trial And Tribulations…It’s More Than Just Clinical

The term 'clinical trial' means many things to many people. For some, the thought of a clinical trial conjures up images of mad scientists and poorly-lit, back-room science experiments; for others, it evokes the impression of brightly lit laboratories with rows of test tubes, microscopes, and petri dishes; but for those who become all-too familiar in the most unwilling of ways, clinical trials are [...]

2020-03-04T15:50:54-06:00March 4th, 2020|Blog, Sarah Bartosz|

New Year, New Home . . . Same Heart

"Home is not a place . . . it's a feeling." Though my family moved into a new home six months ago, just last week I sent out announcements to folks who may not otherwise have our new address; more specifically, those cards were sent to the thoughtful friends from whom we received Christmas and holiday greetings forwarded from our old address. Of course [...]

2020-02-20T09:45:24-06:00February 20th, 2020|Blog, Sarah Bartosz|

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|

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|

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|