From Advocacy to Activism: DIPG Advocacy Group Salutes Cannonballs Across America

May 2019 has witnessed important advances in pediatric brain cancer awareness, advocacy, and the fulfillment of a life-time dream by a dedicated brother and his friends for Kayne Finley of Ormond Beach FL, deceased 18 months ago to DIPG. DIPG is the second most common but deadliest pediatric brain cancer, and has been instrumental, for all of its horror, to raising awareness to the urgent needs of children with cancer for research into cures.

Cannonballs-Across-America is a coast-to-coast cycling event to raise funds for pediatric brain cancer research in honor of Kayne Finley, a kind young man dedicated to his faith that one day, we will find a cure for DIPG.

DIPG Advocacy Group members Paul Miller, Elizabeth Psar, and Wendy Fachon share their experience in seeing the first National Awareness Resolution for DIPG pass the Senate.



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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.