Hope for Osteosarcoma Research: #BecauseofDaniel

Professionally, Theresa Beech has had 20 years of experience as a space engineer designing satellite mission ground systems. She has worked as a ground systems engineer, technical lead, subject matter expert, and program manager for a wide variety of satellite ground systems around the world. She comes to Childhood Cancer Talk Radio with the story of her son, Daniel, who's battle with osteosarcoma ended his young, beautiful life, and left his mother determined to find solutions for this devastating disease.

As with the deadliest of pediatric cancers, there have been no innovations for osteosarcoma nor progress in survival rates in over 30 years. What makes this story so important is not only the devotion of this mother, her talent and intelligence, but her genius in applying her knowledge of systems engineering to osteosarcoma genomics-- no small feat. The result of this personal research gives new leads to greater biological understanding of osteosarcoma as well as potential solutions for treatment. Write to osteoregistry@gmail.com if you are an osteosarcoma patient, parent, or researcher for more information.

 

 

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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.


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