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Pediatric Cancer

Surviving the Cure | Courtney Horvath | TEDxMcphs [Video]

As a toxicologist, Courtney Horvath has focused her career on ensuring the safety of medicines – but when her own son was diagnosed with lymphoma, she was left to watch him suffer, dealing with a treatment regimen including decades-old drugs with toxic side effects. In her talk, Courtney describes what it takes for childhood cancer patients to “survive the cure” – and how desperately we need more targeted, effective, accessible, and safe medicines for kids with cancer. Courtney Horvath is a drug development professional and board-certified toxicologist at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. Courtney is also a mom to an incredible little boy, Colby, who has been bravely battling cancer. Colby’s journey has inspired Courtney to become a passionate advocate for childhood cancer patients and to raise awareness of the desperate need for more targeted, accessible, safe, and effective therapies. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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Pediatric Cancer

Finding Resilience | Rohini Deivasigamani | TEDxRutgers [Video]

Healing comes from acceptance. Rohini Deivasigamani talked about her experiences with childhood cancer and the loss of her father but also the moments of her life that brought her joy and healing– friendships, dance, track, and cooking recipes that she once made with her father. Rohini Deivasigamani is a junior in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University studying political science and sociology. Rohini grew up with a passion for various cultural arts, training in an Indian classical dance form called Bharatnatyam, as well as carnatic music. After dancing for a significant portion of her life, she noticed a growing bump on her leg. Rohini suddenly struggled with her movements and lost her confidence with something she truly loved. After several doctor appointments, MRIs, and scans, she was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a childhood cancer, at the mere age of 14. However, through her journey, Rohini learned that through vulnerability and weakness comes perseverance. The past six years have taught her the fundamental importance of resilience as she gained a new perspective on life. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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Pediatric Cancer

Let’s Fix Our Relationships By Fixing Our Spending Habits | Riya Bhat | TEDxYouth@CherryCreek [Video]

Planned obsolescence within relationships hinders mutual development between individuals when conflict arises – division occurs and the crowd parts ways. Humanity’s lack of commitment stems directly from our consumer mindset, affecting the quality of relationships we choose to pursue rather than simply the quantity of time. We do not realize it, but our spending habits have transferred over to daily interactions and even more so our personalities. By making economic choices which aim for environmental sustainability and longevity, we can improve mental health, and grow bonds that bring us more happiness. Afterall we all have to care for ourselves before we care for others, so let’s start there. Riya is a current senior at Mountain Vista High School and looks forward to pursuing an exciting career in medicine. She has a passion for cognitive science and loves to explore how the human mind works. Beginning her freshman year, Riya was elected to the Technology Student Association State Officer Team, and later served as Colorado’s State President, where she visited schools all over Colorado to relay the importance of the STEM fields and led a delegation of 2,000+ members. Not only that, she, along with her HOSA (Future Health Professionals) officer team, organized a community walk to raise money for Pediatric Cancer Research and Awareness and have spearheaded several fundraisers to support Be The Match, a nonprofit. Over the summers, she enjoys working in a biochemistry lab to assist with epigenetics research at CU Denver and has found research to be a true interest of hers. Riya also loves to sew and bake in her free time. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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Brain Cancer

Through Pain Comes Optimism | Amanda Rose Ferraro | TEDxCariobaStudio [Video]

As a young woman, Amanda Rose Ferraro has been through countless adversities. From birth she has had a fight in her that displayed her strength. There have been many struggles that Amanda has overcome, many of those struggles being her own medical experiences. From being born with double pneumonia, to needing several brain surgeries and even fighting cancer as a mother, Amanda’s story is one with filled with determination and persistence. Although there have been many trying times in her life, Amanda remains positive and optimistic. Amanda Rose Ferraro is a young woman whose story is one of sheer ambition. Her first moments of life were filled with chaos as she was rushed to the NICU with a diagnosis of double pneumonia. At the age of eight she had her first brain surgery, all while her aunt was undergoing treatment for cancer. Even though Amanda was young, she ascertained a positive look on life. It was when her younger sister was diagnosed with brain cancer that Amanda realized writing was a very helpful way to express her emotions and remain strong. Amanda has had seven brain surgeries all together as well as battling leukemia as a young mother. She has started a website and blog to share her story with others and communicate how she been able to find strength during hard times This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx