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Donna died peacefully, early in the morning of 19 October 2009, between her two sleeping parents.

The Donna's Good Things Fund has been established to do good works in Donna's name: dance scholarships, DVD players for kids with cancer, etc. etc. If you would like, you may send donations to:

Donna's Good Things

P.O. Box 5706

Evanston, IL 60204

Thank you for your support.



In March 2007, our 20-month-old girl Donna was diagnosed with a brain tumor. It was cut out. It came back six weeks later. It was cut out again, but had spread to the lungs. We tried chemotherapy, which seemed to work well. She got six doses, lost her hair and also her tumor. To knock it senseless, she got a huge dose in December 2007, with an autologous stem cell transplant. The tumor didn't show up for six months. Then it did. July 25, 2008, Donna had surgery to take out the tumor, and Intrabeam radiation.

She had been recovering beautifully, but the tumor showed up again in October 2008. Donna got outpatient chemo, Avastin and Irinotecan, every other week since the end of October. She handled it well, but it only slowed the growth... not stopping it. So we had another resection in February 2009, and then spent twelve weeks in Bloomington Indiana, getting proton radiation treatment at MPRI.

A lump appeared on her neck during the last days of treatment: a swollen lymph node. On our return to Chicago, it was removed, and a biopsy showed that the tumor had moved into the lymph system. A CT scan showed a lot of nodes in the lungs.  We chose to pursue palliative measures only. She had over four months more of life, pursued to the fullest, until she died on October 19, 2009.

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It's that time of year again where Donna's would be, should be birthday is upon us.  On Friday, July 20, Donna would be, should be 7. She will not be 7, of course, but ... Read more

Jeremy Hornik posted a new journal entry.

It's that time of year again where Donna's would be, should be birthday is upon us.  On Friday, July 20, Donna would be, should be 7. She will not be 7, of course, but ... Read more

Jeremy Hornik posted a new journal entry.

Hello, folks.  Last week we were honored to travel to Springfield, Illinois, our state capital, and testify on behalf of the Illinois Childhood Cancer Research Fund.  I ... Read more

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Well time keeps passing, doesn't it?  Life without Donna continues.  We are busy.  Like crazy busy.  So much to do and so little that needs to get done actually gets ... Read more

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It's hard to believe that the last time I posted here was on September 9.  Three and a half months is the longest I have ever gone without putting my thoughts here about ... Read more

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Cancer springs eternal.So today, Jay and I went off to the park in the morning. Jay rode his cool bike there, which means I basically pushed him and told him to put his ... Read more

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Just a short one, as I'm consumed with Mary Tyler Mom's chronicling of Donna's Cancer Story.  You can find it here.  And the campaign seems to be working.  On it's ... Read more

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Happy Labor Day, folks.  September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and as last year, I am documenting Donna's 31 months of treatment.  Each month of September I ... Read more

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Donna's birthday, on July 20, sparked something that has taken a hold on the Donna's Good Things facebook page.  If you're on facebook and haven't "liked" us ... Read more

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Some thoughts on hope that were inspired by Jack Layton's letter to his fellow Canadians, released yesterday after his death.  It really made me think.  This was written ... Read more

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So it's done, it was easy, Jay came through with just a couple of tears to remind us that he's not Superboy (although he actually is.) That's the headline.What was more ... Read more

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