DIPG Across the Map

Jenny Mosier, Executive Director of the Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation joins us to discuss a 50-State Project for DIPG, calling for volunteers in as many states as possible to work for a gubernatorial or state legislature proclamation for May 17 2017 DIPG Awareness Day. The 2017 National DIPG Awareness Resolution will be introduced by Congressman Steve Knight (R-CA-25) in the US House of Representatives on January 30, 2017, designating May 17 also for a cohesive effort of Jack's Angels Foundation with Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation's DIPG Across the Map Project for DIPG Awareness. The nationwide project has over 30 states participation so far; joining us also, from the perspective of a DIPG family currently battling the realities of the disease for their daughter Brooklyn, is Nicholas Smith of Ohio. Keren Beukema of California, who lost her son Vincent to DIPG last July in a swift and devastating blow, lends her perspective to the importance of the project. Lawrence Fagan, a retired technology and medical researcher who learned of DIPG's deadly existence through the experience of others, gives critical information regarding the importance of larger, collective awareness for the disease nationally.

We may be witnessing the critical point between suffering and the proactive movement towards a solution and the momentum necessary which needs no further case to argue for change. DIPG stands for itself, and makes a precedent-setting testimonial for the deadliest childhood cancers for which research has been, historically, neglected due it's small numbers and silent constituency.


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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.