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The Children We Serve

Meet Cesar, who was diagnosed and currently in treatment for a rare disease involving an accumulation of immature neuro histiocytes, which has created small tumors in his brain causing diffuse white matter damage. His decline in visuospatial integration and reasoning abilities are highly integrative cognitive processes that rely heavily on white matter integrity. We have been providing Cesar with cognitive rehabilitation through educational therapy, to build new connections and alternate pathways to learning. He is having great success, but needs more therapies, including Occupational therapy.

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Meet our SuperHero Jude who was diagnosed with Posterior Fossa Medulloblastoma Brain Cancer beginning treatment at age 6. Treatment included surgery, chemotherapy and radiation with subsequent deficits in cognitive functioning involving fine motor skills, executive functions, balance, processing speed, and speech. WE ARE ON IT! He will begin with a Processing and Cognitive Enhancement Program, and clinic based OT. We will follow that with speech and educational therapy if needed. 

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Meet Beautiful Sophia, a 4 year old PNET/Medulloblastoma brain cancer survivor! That is the good news! Surgery and invasive treatments however, left her visually Impaired, physically disabled, and generally non-verbal. We have begun Music therapy through the Childrens Music Fund, and will add speech to help her communicate. She needs occupational therapy, physical therapy, and mobility training for the visually impaired. Foundation ThinkAgain is on it! Welcome Sophia ~ our miracle! We will not quit until Sophia gets all the services she needs to lead a healthy, happy and successful life after cancer.

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Patient: Emmett, Diagnosed age 6
Diagnosis: Posterior Fossa Medulloblastoma Brain Tumor
Treatment: Surgical resection, chemotherapy, radiation
ThinkAgain Interventions: Speech and language pathology, Occupational therapy, Physical therapy

 

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Patient: Matty, Diagnosed at 22 months and treated until the age of 5
Diagnosis: Leukemia
Treatment: Central nervous system directed chemotherapy
ThinkAgain Interventions: Occupational Therapy; Educational Therapy

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Patient: Stefania dignosed age 2
Diagnosis: Leukemia
Treatment: Chemotherapy till age 4
ThinkAgain Interventions: Occupational Therapy, Developmental Psychologist, Communication Specialist

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After cancer diagnosis at age 2, multiple intubations and complications, hearing loss, speech loss, respiratory distress and fragile medical status, Isabella is unable to attend school. Does that mean she cannot get speech, language, and occupational therapies she so desperately needs? THINKAGAIN! Mommy and Daddy were ecstatic when Foundation ThinkAgaincame to her rescue.
We love you, Isabella!

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Patient: Madyson "Cookie" Diagnosed ages 4, 7, and 9 (2 relapses; missing all of grammar school)
Diagnosis: High Rish resistant Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Treatment: CNS Chemotherapy, radiation. Bone Marrow Transplant
ThinkAgain Intervention: Educational Therapy


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OUR HEARTS ARE FULL OF LOVE AND ADMIRATION FOR THIS CHILD!
Cookie was diagnosed at ages, 4, 7, and 9 with resistant acute lymphoblastic leukimia, and at 13 with a secondary skin cancer. She missed her entire elementary school career, and never set foot inside a school until she was in highschool. After learning disabilities secondary to intensive CNS chemotherapy, whole body radiation and a bone marrow transplant, she received intervention from ThinkAgain - and bless her heart - LOOK AT HER NOW!!!
SHE IS GOING TO COLLEGE!

 

 

Patient: Austin
Diagnosis: Grade II Ganglioma Brain Tumor
Treatment: Resection only
ThinkAgain Intervention: Educational Therapy
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Patient: Andrew diagnosed Age 4
Diagnosis: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Treatment: Central Nervous System Chemotherapy
ThinkAgain Intervention: Educational Therapy to remediate learning disabilities

"The kids are truly benefiting from the therapy. Andrew has progressed at his new school. It is nice that things are looking up. Thank you again for serving Andrew I know it has helped him so much academically and emotionally working with Christine. Your organization is doing great work. I really want to thank you for all your help." Angela Blanco
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Patient: Solomon, diagnosed age 4
Diagnosis: Posterior Fossa Medulloblastoma Brain Tumor
Treatment: Surgical resection followed by chemotherapy and radiation
ThinkAgain Intervention: Occupational and physical therapy, speech and language

 

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Patient: Nathaniel, diagnosed age 2 and 4
Diagnosis: Relapsed CNS leukemia
Treatment: Bone Marrow Transplant, chemotherapy, Radiation
ThinkAgain Intervention: Educational Therapy

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Patient: Sophie, diagnosed age 9
Diagnosis: Medulloblastoma Brain Tumor
ThinkAgain Intervention: Processing and Cognitive Enhancement, Educational Therapy.

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Sophie before her brain tumor Physical Therapy Ready to sharpen her thinking skills so she can go back to school!
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Sophie today after her therapies, showing amazing progress

Patient: Kenny diagnosed age 8
Diagnosis: Leukemia
Treatment: Central Nervous System chemotherapy
ThinkAgain Intervention: Educational Therapy

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Patient: Matthew diagnosed age 2
Diagnosis: Primitive Neruo-ectodermal Brain Tumor
Treatment: Surgical resection followed by chemotherapy
ThinkAgain Intervention: Cognitive and processing remediation


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Patient: Ahmad, diagnosed age 2
Treatment: Bone marrow Transplant
ThinkAgain Interventions: Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy

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Patient: Fernando, diagnosed age 4
Diagnosis: Leukemia
Treatment: Central nervous system chemotherapy until age 7
ThinkAgain Intervention: Educational Therapy

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Patient: Seamus, diagnosed age 9
Diagnosis: Posterior Fossa Medulloblastoma Brain Tumor
Treatment: Surgical resection followed by chemotherapy and radiation
ThinkAgain Intervention: Processing and Cognitive Enhancement

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Patient: Edna, diagnosed age 9
Diagnosis: Medulloblastoma Brain Tumor
Treatment: Surgery, Radiation, Chemotherapy
ThinkAgain Intervention: Cognitive remediation, Educational therapy

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"Good evening, My name is Edna, I am 16 years old and I am very lucky to be here tonight... I know many kids who were not so lucky. I am happy to see all of you participating tonight for kids like me. I am a brain tumor survivor and Thanks to God and Children's Hospital Los Angeles, I have been given a second chance to live. My journey has been tough.I have gone through 2 craniotomies, radiation and 9 rounds of chemotherapy - all this, to keep me alive. I have had intensive rehab such as speech, occupational and physical therapy to relearn everything again. It's as if I was born again. The brain surgeries along with the chemotherapies and radiation cause you memory problems and learning problems in school. I was having difficulty in school and I was sad. One day, my mom and I were going through Facebook. There was an ad from THINK AGAIN. My mom read it through it and immediately sent Think Again an email explaining my story. Within 1 hour or even faster, Dr. Kerrigan called my mom back. Dr. Kerrigan said she could help me. My mom had been looking for some type of help to help me with memory, but there is nothing out there to help you after treatment. I started my educational therapies in about two weeks. My educational therapist was Dr. Miller and she is awesome. She has also been my advocate at school to help the school understand what I need so I can get help too. Schools don't really understand how kids who have had brain tumors or had leukemia are affected. S So I am very thankful to THINKAGAIN! On April 1 this year I will be reaching my 7 year remission anniversary. My dream is to attend college in the future. Thank you, Dr. Kerrigan for making my life better. I also want to thank you all for participating and donating to Think Again and keep helping kids like me. Thank you I love you ALL very much and LET'S FIGHT ON!!! 3/3/2012

Patient: Tristan diagnosed at 3 days old
Diagnosis: Oligo-Astrocytoma Brain Tumor and hemorrhage
Treatment: Multiple surgical resections and chemotherapy
ThinkAgain Intervention: Cognitive Rehabilitation for processing deficits

"We are happy to see that Tristan is making some progress with his attention and working on his own. We have been getting positive feedback from his teacher for the last few months! She is impressed with his staying on task for longer periods. We see results, and I am sure we will see a difference in his post-treatment testing scores. I wanted to thank you and the Foundation ThinkAgain for funding his cognitive therapy. I really appreciate the help in this much needed area and although he still has a long way to go, I can tell it has helped jump-start his brain into doing what it needs to." -Tristan's Mom, Katie
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Patient: Christian, diagnosed age 4
Diagnosis: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Treatment: 3 years of Central Nervous System Chemotherapy
ThinkAgain Intervention: Cognitive Rehabilitation; Neuro-bio feedback with Educational Therapy
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"Ryan was diagnosed with leukemia just before his 2nd birthday, endured central nervous system chemotherapy for 3 years and immediately relapsed at the completion of his therapy. He then had a bone marrow transplant to achieve a cure, which included cranial irradiation. He has significant learning disabilities, and ThinkAgain is providing cognitive remediation through educational therapy. RYAN IS ROCKIN!! He has come so far!! and we are so PROUD of his success!!"

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Patient: Monica diagnosed age 1 yr 10 mo.
Diagnosis: Wilm's Tumor; kidney cancer
Treatment: Surgical resection followed by chemotherapy
ThinkAgain Intervention: Educational Therapy
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Patient: Jakob diagnosed Age 3
Diagnosis: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia with central nervous system relapse
Treatment: Central Nervous System Chemotherapy and Radiation
ThinkAgain Intervention: Vision Therapy; Occupational therapy
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Patient: Jenna diagnosed age 2
Diagnosis: Posterior Fossa Medulloblastoma Brain Tumor
Treatment: Surgical resection followed by chemotherapy
ThinkAgain Intervention: Educational Therapy

"Since Jenna started working with an Educational Therapist, this is the first year she has not been in jeopardy of being retained. In fact, she is getting A's and B's on her report card. My Little Peanut Rocks! Thank you Foundation ThinkAgain for making this possible!! The medical team saved Jenna's life. Foundation ThinkAgain saved Jenna's future." - Kellie Richmond (mom)

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Ovarian cancer and treatment complications as a baby, left Briana with significant learning disorders. ThinkAgain is providing cognitive remedition through educational therapy.

 

 

 

 

 

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It's been a long journey for Eryx and parting is such sweet sorrow! After 3 grueling years of CNS chemotherapy to combat leukemia, 19 months and 110 sessions with an educational therapist to combat his subsequent learning disabilities, Eryx is ready for middle school! Learning new strategies to overcome his processing deficits are valuable tools. HE WILL NOW SHINE!! Good luck to you, our superhero! We will miss you! Now... go.. LIGHT THE WORLD ON FIRE!

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Why We do what we do:

Following a brain tumor and a struggle to regain functioning prompting intervention through www.ThinkAgain.org, we receive this:

Hello Patty, Mission Accomplished thanks to you and your wonderful team. With your support Nick was able to pass Stats cleanly and boy was he ever relieved! A big Thank you to you for helping us achieve this milestone in our son's life and please do count on Nick and both of us to raise money for ThinkAgain so other kids have the same opportunities as Nick did...

Yours truly,

Adriana & Hernán

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Juan went from failing in school after significant cognitive deficits following cancer treatment as a toddler, to finishing high school with almost straight A's! Juan did not accept failure and worked incredibly hard to make it where he is today. To Juan, it's not about surviving.... It's about THRIVING!
We were happy to help with intensive educational therapy and cognitive remediation. With his ambition, graciousness and perseverance, he'll do amazing things with his life!

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After hearing loss and developmental delay from liver cancer treatment as a baby, and exhausting all school based interventions, Isaac is recieving clinic based speech and language therapies and he is doing phenomenal!! GO ISAAC!

Patient: Regina, diagnosed age 16 months
Diagnosis: Pilocytic Astrocytoma- Brain Stem
Treatment: Chemotherapy
ThinkAgain Intervention: Occupational Therapy, speech and language

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ThinkAgain welcomes Nathan,
who was diagnosed with leukemia at age 3, and treated for 3 years with intensive central nervous system directed chemotherapy. Subsequently, he was left with "Persistent Medication-Induced Neuro-Cognitive Disorder". We have assigned him to a brain injury specialist who will work to improve his most problematic functions: working memory, planning and flexibility, concept reasoning, orientation, visual processing and speed of preocessing, to name a few.

NATHAN WILL SHINE AND ROCK HIS WORLD!