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April 2017

Smashing Walnuts Applauds The Kids First Research Act 2.0

Smashing Walnuts Foundation Applauds Introduction of

The Kids First Research Act 2.0

“It’s a Good Day in the Fight against Childhood Cancer”

LEESBURG, VA— Smashing Walnuts Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of, and funds for, finding a cure for childhood brain cancer. Today, Smashing Walnuts Foundation commends

March 2017

Ideas On What To Say To A Bereaved Parent

Today I took Jake to a party at the temple that we used to belong to. As soon as I parked the car Jake took off to play and hang out with his friends.

It was a very spontaneous decision to attend. I generally need to psychologically prepare myself to go to places that had been

February 2017

Today I went to a funeral…

I went to a funeral today. It was for a little boy that was only seven years old.

I’ve been to more funerals for children over the past four years since we entered this world of childhood cancer than I can count. Viewing the grief of these newly bereaved parents is like

Valentine’s Day Hearts from Gabriella

Happy Valentine’s Day!

What holiday could be more perfect than one filled with love and hearts! Valentine’s Day was one of Gabriella’s favorite holidays. Even as a little girl Gabriella would want us to get her flowers and chocolates and things that had hearts on/in them. It was almost as if this holiday was created with

December 2016

Our Love Never Dies

I spent time with one of my dearest friends today. She didn’t have an easy childhood. As a matter of fact, it was quite horrible. She is bright and bubbly. She is a friend that you know has your back. You know that you can count on her. We can talk about anything. No subject

November 2016

Between Now and Thanksgiving

Between now and Thanksgiving…

3,000 children worldwide will be diagnosed with cancer. One third (1/3) of them will have brain cancer.

Our family was one of those families. Our perfectly healthy nine-year old daughter was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in the days before Thanksgiving. We were told that the cancer

March 2016

Getting Ready for the Shamrock Smash

Gabriella asked us to continue the fight to find less damaging treatments for kids with brain cancer and we are doing as she has asked. Our 3rd Annual “Crack the Cure” Gala is quickly approaching it will directly fund scientific research and help us fulfill the promise we made to her.


January 2016

Director of NIH to Speak at Smashing Walnuts Gala

Dr. collins & ellynSmashing Walnuts is honored to announce today that Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will be a featured speaker at the 3rd Annual Cracking the Cure Gala on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Dr. Collins

December 2015