On Christmas Eve 2008 12-year-old Paul Yared started counting his days. Medical tests had revealed a vicious form of bone cancer that transformed the Lebanese boy's life in London from going to school and playing to dealing with chemotherapy and pain.
Three years ago, Anne Willis mentioned to the man she was dating that she didn't know about her fertility, since she had undergone cancer treatment as a teenager. His response --"Oh, so you don't know if you're going be able to have kids?" -- was off-putting.
About a year ago, I wrote a column for Tennis magazine about Ashley Hendrick, then a top high school player in Grand Rapids, Mich. In the summer of 2006, she struggled with her game because of a sharp pain in her leg. She figured it was the result of overplaying. In fact, she was suffering from osteosarcoma, a potentially fatal form of bone cancer.
An analysis of 14 studies shows children who attend day care or play groups decrease their risk of developing the most common type of childhood leukemia by 30 percent. The analysis bolsters the theory that children exposed to common infections early in life gain protection from the disease. The research was presented in April 2008 at the Causes and Prevention of Childhood Leukemia conference in London.
Under a huge tent just outside the medical unit at Camp Liberty, shielded from the blazing sun, soldiers watch and cheer as two men at a time get their heads shaved. Clumps of hair fall to the hot sand below.
Back when Tom Glavine's epithet was "struggling young prospect" rather than "future Hall of Famer," the Braves left-handed pitcher toed the rubber in a late spring-training start against Don Mattingly when the Yankees' slugger was in his prime. After Mattingly worked the count full, Glavine brashly challenged the perennial All-Star.