"My Dog Named Hope" Comforts Children and Supports Research

The new children's book "My Dog Named Hope" is about a special girl, her amazing dog, and a family's journey through childhood cancer. The story was based on a compilation of the experiences of many childhood cancer families by the author, Joe Dean during his time working for the US Senate; the book was illustrated by Lauren Curwick.  Joe was a business executive as well as an executive US Senate staffer and founded the Stars and Stripes Honor Flights for Veterans of War.   Joe joins us to discuss why he is so passionate about children with cancer and why he decided to write this book, the proceeds from which benefit pediatric cancer research and support. 

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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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