A Necessary Resource

Hi Tyrus,

I thank you for sending me a copy of your book, Baby Steps, and I have read every page, including your inscription to me!  I am sincerely touched Tyrus!  Thank you! 

Baby Steps is so thoughtful, and well-presented.  The ideas you develop from your experience are definitely of value, whether another parent decides to adopt every one of them, or just some of them.  You really emphasize points that an anxious, overwhelmed parent, cannot think through very clearly. But you are a helpful guide in their process. Separating emotion from the act of listening keeps going through my mind. This information takes on greater significance coming from you than it ever could from one of the hospital staff.  The book is also small enough, the pages easy to read so it is not overwhelming, and the chapters clearly present the messages a parent is likely to be seeking!  I love that you have shared this with me.  I have shared it with several of my colleagues.  

I can’t recall if I mentioned that there are 9 social workers (not one, like when you met me!) in our Division.  Six of us work with newly diagnosed oncology patients, 2 with families of kids with sickle cell disease, and one in general hematology and Survivorship. 

Your book is especially special to any family, in my opinion, of a newly diagnosed child requiring intensive and long-term treatment, despite its emphasis on children with cancer.

The parents of our nearly 200 newly diagnosed kids with cancer each year will definitely benefit! 

I’m delighted that you have taken your unfortunate, difficult experience, and in Terrell ‘s name, learned and now offer so much to others.  I wish I could have provided you with this information when I first met you.

*some information has been omitted due to the private/personal nature intended for my wife and I.


Childhood Cancer Awareness

HCF has partnered with a few different nonprofit organizations to ensure that we are working pretty hard throughout the month of September to increase awareness.

Our hope is that every family we touch will receive hope during what can be a very challenging time.

You may not be able to physically be with us, but your tax deductible donations help us to do what we do. You can purchase gear or simply donate to this great cause.  PayPal.Me/HCFoundation

We are doing what we can, while we can!



Hey Friends!

Did you know that when people are ill for a long period of time that they begin to feel as is they are a burden on others and can easily decide to isolate themselves?

After experiencing a personal cancer diagnosis in 2017 and having the challenge of an extended post surgery recovery, it became tough to talk or even text due to the repetition of daily sickness. Many days I had to head back to the ER and have short stays in the hospital.

While many are available the first time, they also have lives and routines to get back to. It is in those moments when life keeps moving for everyone else when it becomes easy to ask yourself “who cares?”

This morning I write to encourage the person who seems to be fighting a battle that will never end that there are people who care. You have more folks rooting for you than against you. You are not alone. People care! I’m a witness and even one of those people.

Try not to let the challenge of illness and/or recovery cause you to isolate yourself from the many individuals who are in your corner.

So who cares? Lots of people. Let them show it! Let your support system continue to provide those positive vibes which are essential to the healing process.