Driven 2 Make Change: Activism on the road for our kids!

Today's show features Ronnie Duvall, "Driven Change" on facebook, one who truly walks the talk of his values.  Ronnie gave up his job and home to drive all 50 states in his quest for greater knowledge in how to create an organization which will truly address the needs of children with cancer and their families.  "Life is full of opportunities to make a difference; pick yours and never look back while being what you're meant to be."  Ronnie's location will be a surprise as we connect this afternoon; for his most recent experiences, visit his page Driven_2Make_change on facebook.  A true activist, he lives and breathes telling the truth about a medical research system which is directed by profit and not so much for saving lives, and he doesn't give up the fight to raise awareness for and change the meagre 4% afforded to childhood cancer research by the National Cancer Institute.  CCTR's Hero of the Week!

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About Janet

Blessed with varied interests and an artistic and musical upbringing, Janet had health challenges throughout her young adult life. Despite these she graduated Cum Laude from Wellesley College with an award of distinction for acting, and had also been a champion equestrian. She began a family with her husband Barry later in life, and had finally found happiness with daughter Sophie-Marie (3/12/06) and then baby (Jack 8/30/08). Five weeks after his birth, the family escaped a wildfire in which all worldly possessions were lost. The family relocated in December of 2008 to Agua Dulce CA where they currently reside.

Jack began to have unsettling symptoms at the age of 3; he was taken to Children's Hospital Los Angeles and was diagnosed with DIPG, or diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, on Friday Oct. 28, 2011, indisputably the darkest experience of Janet's life. The outrage of it made her determined to find the good in the situation, and she asked God to "Put me to work!" After Jack's death, she remained determined to start working to find solutions to DIPG and incorporated Jack's Angels at the end of 2012; the Foundation began its work in 2013. Despite the fact that DIPG is responsible for the majority of brain tumor deaths in children, she had been told there were no solutions for Jack because "the numbers aren't great enough for investors." This remains the primary motivation in her advocacy work, to prioritize children's lives in our medical system in the United States.