To the Ends of the Earth: Juju's Journey with Mark Hyde

Our show features a window into the experience of a father, Mark Hyde, who literally chose to go to the ends of the earth for his daughter, honoring her life with a journey to the north pole. While she was fighting rhabdomyosarcoma, Juliet went with her dad, sister, and mom on quick, day-trip excursions into the beautiful German countryside, as time and hospital proximity would permit. Mark had been contracted to work in Germany at the time, having come from California. Upon their return, however, the effects of her cancer took another turn.

Featured also is cc-TDI, Children's Cancer Therapy Development Institute led by Scientific Director Dr. Charles Keller, in Beaverton OR, and the innovative, child-centric research funded mostly by parents, which serves as a beacon of hope for thousands in the childhood cancer community worldwide.



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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.