his life, his legacy


his story
his memorial
inspiring us all
more than words
his songs

caution: some of these articles are very upsetting

Mtv covering Michael's death; part one

Mtv covering Michael's death; part two

Kidz World covering Michael's death

CureHodgkins.com covering Michael's death

ABC News Story covering Michael's death

Launch on Yahoo covering Michael's death

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I pulled these two from http://www.teenmag.com/:


Teenmag.com reader and 2Gether fan Christine Chan, who wrote about meeting the band last fall, was so saddened by the death of Michael Cuccione and inspired by the exemplary life he led, that she wanted to share her feelings with her fellow "QT" fans. "I'm really happy there was a person like Mike around who did so much for me without even knowing me," Christine says. "He was just SUCH a great guy! I feel really bad for his family and friends. They must be going through some tough times."

Tribute to Michael Cuccione
By Christine Chan

Michael Cuccione
January 5, 1985-January 13, 2001

In loving memory of a person who gave so much and died too soon . . .

Michael Cuccione, best known for his role of "Q.T." in the hit series "2Gether," was an inspiration to us all.

At the age of nine, Mike was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease (a form of cancer). His amazing perseverance drove him to fight the disease and endure long months of chemotherapy. Especially since he was so young, these times were undoubtedly rough for him, but despite his own troubles, Michael wrote songs and founded the
Michael Cuccione Foundation to raise money for others who were going through what he knew so well. Mike showed all kinds of simple, selfless acts of kindness that proved his genuine compassion for all people.

Mike's passing has opened my eyes to many things. But the hardest thing I've had to accept is that no one is immortal. It's quite a scary thought, but, from Michael's example, I've also learned something very valuable. He taught me that in a short time, you can truly make a difference and impact peoples' lives in so many ways. In the sixteen years that Mike lived, he raised a half of a million dollars for cancer research, and brightened far more than half a million lives. Mike was such a positive person, that I know that he would want us to bring new life from his death, and make an effort to reach out to the needs of others. Hopefully, we can all fallow his example and unite to change the world. Always remember Mike's words: "Together we can make a difference!"

Mike brought us all so much happiness through his many talents. Although he was only on this Earth for a short time, he fully achieved his life's mission: "to make a difference." His charismatic personality brought joy to everyone he came in contact with (and even those who didn't get the chance to meet him in person!). His genuine kindness inspired us to be better people, and his suffering made us courageous in the face of hardships. Mike may have passed from this Earth, but I know his spirit will continue to live in our hearts forever.

(If you'd like to share your feelings about Michael with Christine, drop her a line at

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Who's That Babe?: Michael Cuccione

Full name: Michael James Cuccione
Birthdate: January 5, 1985 (Capricorn)
Hometown:Vancouver, BC
Fave TV show:"Friends"
Fave actors:Jim Carrey, Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks
Fave actresses:Sharon Stone and Helen Hunt
Fave movies:"The Green Mile" and the "Godfather" series
Fave food:Pasta (he's Italian!)
Fave candy:Sourpatch Kids
Fave band:112
Hobbies:All sports! (except golf) On getting the role of QT McKnight in "2Gether": "Well, at first I went to what we call a cattle call, and it was a bunch of people who felt they had no chance who came together and took a shot at getting this part.

It took like six weeks and I didn't hear anything and I thought it was dead in the water, but I ended up getting another call, which was a dream come true, so I went back and got the job! I knew they were auditioning in LA and NY, so I never thought a boy from Vancouver would get the job."

Are you as girl crazy as QT?

"Hey I'm 15! (Michael was the youngest cast member.) Of course there's a bit of girl craziness there. My likeness to that character is that we enjoy the same things but we're different in other ways...Like QT's mom in the film was kind of a stage mom and my mom is nothing like that and I love her for it. I think I'd go nuts if I had a stage-mom, but my mom's the best!"

On working with Nigel Dick (the king of music videos) who directed "2Gether":

"He's a saint. I became so close to Nigel and gained so much respect for him. He's an amazing director and an amazing guy. Even at the end of [a hard] day he would take the time to congratulate you on your work and your performance, and that means a lot to the actors. He's a great guy."

Funniest part of making the movie:

Well I had to make out with my hand with my mother right there watching! It was an awkward moment, kinda weird with her there. Also I knew it was a scene that everyone was waiting for, waiting to see what I would do, so it was kinda nerve racking!"

How "the cute one" got started in "the biz":

"I started off as a model doing runway work when I was like five years old... bridal shows, stuff like that. It was really funny, I used to wear little tuxedos! Then I got with a commercial agency and the rest is history!

I've always loved singing and performing, even at school in talent shows and productions. It's always been a passion of mine and I just got with this agent and did a few little things and worked my way up the ladder, and finally got my big break with "2Gether."

BSB and 'NSYNC vs. "2Gether"

"We're a lot tougher than those guys! [laughing] Actually, 'NSYNC was bagging on us on MTV -- They were saying how they were gonna show us how to act. Listen, we can't compare to them as far as dancing and all that stuff, but we'll teach them how to act. If it's the acting leave it to "2Gether" and when it comes to the music leave it to 'NSYNC or the Backstreet Boys.

Actually "2Gether" is different from those groups. We don't consider ourselves a boy band. I mean we love singing and we feel we can sing and we can dance and we can act but, we're more for the humor and having fun and hopefully people enjoy it."

As for the ladies...

"I am COMPLETELY single (laughs)! I have been really busy and I haven't been at school lately, so it's kinda hard to get into that."

OK, but what does he look for when he does have the time to date?

"Hmmm, hmmm, well, I'm kinda wide open as far as what I like. I think personality is really important, but obviously looks are gonna grab your attention. And I like dark haired girls, I have to say. I'm Italian ya know! I mean, I've liked blonde girls before so I guess I'm kind of open about it all. Also, I like humble people. I don't like people who are full of themselves, that's really irritating."


As we know from watching, "2Gether's" QT has a terminal illness but what many people don't know is that in real life, Michael is a two-time cancer survivor. When asked about becoming a teen idol he said: "I like it because I have a lot of issues as a result of what I have been through. I have a foundation (The Michael Cuccione Foundation for Cancer Research) and I really wanna raise money for cancer research through it. This "2Gether" thing has brought some attention to it and anything that helps the cause is just fantastic to me. Hopefully, if I do get respected by other teens I can be a role model to people and give them good messages that might help them out or put them on the right track." For information on The Michael Cuccione Foundation for Cancer Research check out his official website: http://www.makingadifference.org

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 From www.canadianchristianity.com


•BC Christian News • JULY ISSUE 1998 • VOL. 18 #7 • Formerly "Christian Info News" •

Never give up on life, faith, hope and love, sings teenager
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By Laureen McMahon

"You just never give up on life
Never give up on hope,
Never give up on faith,
Never give up on love."
-- from Never Give Up by Michael Cuccione


For Michael Cuccione and his family, the chance to be together for his confirmation at B.C. Place Stadium May 31 was a huge thrill because, just a short time ago, the 13 year old was fighting the battle of his young life to survive a second onslaught of Hodgkin's disease.

Michael's story of triumphing over tragedy began four years ago, in the summer of 1994, when his illness was diagnosed at B.C. Children's Hospital.

The outgoing nine year old, an excellent student and budding performer, underwent a series of chemotherapy treatments which, in spite of their difficult side effects, seemed to work.

Though doctors predicted that the cancer would be eradicated, the family, which attends All Saints Parish in Coquitlam, found that prayer and faith strengthened them for Michael's ordeal.

Right from the start, Michael's attitude toward the disease has not been, "why me?" but instead, "why not me?" says his grandmother, Jane MacSporran. "He is a very spiritual boy who knows we all carry crosses in this world."

"There was no self-pity," she added. "Michael helped us cope as much as we helped him. When his hair fell out from the treatments he just said, 'I want it all shaved off.' He was determined not to lose any school time and get hehind the other kids."


Baywatch a highlight

However, just four months later, Michael experienced severe headache and vomiting; the family, mother Gloria, father Domenic, older sister Sophia and younger brother Steven, were shattered to learn that he had contracted meningitis, possibly because of immune suppression from the chemotherapy.

It was while recuperating in hospital that Michael began to write down the melodies that he couldn't get out of his head. He had always loved music and now he found it useful to occupy his mind and distract him from pain.

His first song, 'When You Are Away,' was dedicated to his father Domenic and expressed Michael's feelings about being apart from his family for hospital treatments.

Michael recovered from the meningitis but, 11 months later, the family received the devastating news that the cancer was back.

Michael faced a new challenge; this time it was in his lungs, which meant more chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant as soon as possible to stop the disease spreading.

As described in There are Survivors, the book co-authored by Michael and his grandmother in aid of cancer research, the transplant was a harrowing experience, with Michael coming close to not making it.

As he recovered, Michael's courage came to the fore and he decided to write more songs. A compact disc, Make A Difference, was produced, with proceeds going to the newly established Michael Cuccione Foundation for cancer research.

A natural-born performer, Michael began speaking to children at schools and other events, where he told his story of faith and courage and sang inspiring songs.

In October 1996, he and the family spent a week in California through the Make A Wish Foundation, which helps kids with life-threatening illness turn their dreams into reality.

The highlight of the trip, says Michael, was meeting actor David Hasselhoff and the cast of the popular TV show, Baywatch.

Hasselhoff must have been just as impressed by Michael as Michael was by him because, after a second meeting, an offer came for the boy to appear in one of the show's episodes.

He would play the role of a real person, 12 year old Charlie Hays, who had recently died of thyroid cancer. Michael's music was to be prominently featured as well.

This led to several television appearances with Hasselhoff, including Entertainment Tonight and Canada AM.

Today Michael continues to be invited to be on TV shows in the U.S. and Canada. He is also in demand as a motivational speaker and has addressed large audiences about his experiences and met many celebrities, including former U.S. First Lady Barbara Bush, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and one of his favorite hockey stars, Trevor Linden.


Always had faith

Last November, after a second fund-raiser, Michael's foundation donated $50,000 to the B.C. Children's Hospital Foundation. It was the first instalment toward establishing the Michael Cuccione Foundation Fellowship.

The aim is to continue to contribute to a $500,000 endowment fund to hire a full-time cancer researcher and support hospital programs dedicated to cancer research.

Michael's life, as he explains it, is about faith: "I believe there are three things you need to get through life. The first is faith in God, and how you believe that Jesus Christ will be there for you if you need him. The second is a positive attitude which goes hand in hand with faith. The third is support from family and friends.

"My faith is much stronger now because of what I've gone through, but I always had faith, even when I was little."

Michael described how he felt when the doctors leveled with him and told him that chances weren't very good. "I just left it in God's hands and prayed that he would get me through it as fast and easily as possible. I knew that my life was his and I trusted what he was going to do."

God, says Michael, is his friend.

His future, he says, will involve spreading the message about the need for a cancer cure and about how God and a positive attitude can help push you that extra mile that can mean survival.

Donations may be made to The Michael Cuccione Foundation at Box 31081, 8 - 2929 St. John's Street, Port Moody, B.C., V3H 4T4. Income tax receipts will be issued for donations over $20 and for lesser amounts at the request of the donor.

Michael's book and CD are available at several book and music stores around the Lower Mainland and may be ordered through Make a Difference Publishing at the above address.

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These two are from http://www.canoe.ca/


Thursday, January 18, 2001

'Baywatch' star attends '2Gether' teen's funeral

"Baywatch" star David Hasselhoff will pay his respects to late "2Gether" star Michael Cuccione, Thursday.

Cuccione passed away Saturday in Vancouver, B.C. The young actor and star of MTV's "2Gether," a spoof that followed the exploits of a fake boy-band, began his acting career with a stint on Hasselhoff's "Baywatch" in 1997. Cuccione guest starred as a cancer-stricken character on the show.

Michael, who suffered from Hodgkin's disease in real life, formed a lasting friendship with Hasselhoff. The actor attended Cuccione's prayer service in Burnaby, B.C., Wednesday night and will attend his funeral Thursday, said a spokeswoman from Cuccione's talent agency told JAM! from Vancouver.

Cuccione had been having respiratory difficulties for several months after cancer treatments caused problems with his diaphragm.

"His lungs just gave out," his uncle, also named Michael Cuccione, said on Tuesday (January 16). "We weren't really expecting it."

-- JAM! TV <mailto:jam@canoe.ca>

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2Gether to go on after teen star dies

Toronto Sun

PASADENA, Calif. -- New episodes of the boy band spoof 2Gether will continue to air, despite the sudden death last Saturday of 16-year-old Canadian cast member Michael Cuccione.

"We've shot six more episodes and they're being edited now," MTV president Brian Graden said yesterday. "They were going to air in February but they're on hold right now out of respect for family."

Cuccione played Jason "QT" McKnight on the mock music series. He died in his hometown of
Vancouver, B.C., from complications from Hodgkin's disease.

"His lungs just gave out," his uncle, also named Michael Cuccione, told MTV News on Tuesday. "We weren't really expecting it."

Ironically, Cuccione's character battled the fictional "biliary thrombosis." In real life, he suffered from Hodgkin's disease as a child, which required five months of chemotherapy.

The singer-actor accomplished a great deal in his short life. He set up a cancer research foundation, co-wrote a book with his grandmother and once appeared as a cancer victim on Baywatch.

Baywatch star David Hasselhoff, said to be considering producing a TV-movie based on Cuccione's life, is reported to be headed to
, B.C., to attend the funeral.

A spokesperson for MuchMusic in
Toronto says the new episodes will air there "as soon as they are available to us."

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From Coquitlam
with courage

A 12-year-old is a winner over cancer and in the game of life

Some say that fighting cancer is like wrestling with a powerful yet invisible foe. Others liken it to waging war with one's own body. To young Michael Cuccione of Coquitlam, however, the disease was an Everest, a huge mountain to be climbed step by step, day by day. Little wonder, then, that upon successfully ascending to the summit for a second time in his short life two years ago, Michael celebrated the end of his gruelling recovery in fitting manner: at his request, he and his family rode the Skyride to the top of North Vancouver's Grouse Mountain for a celebratory dinner.

But with his goal achieved and his cancer vanquished, Michael did not then settle into the routine of school, sports and video games with which so many other suburban 10-year-olds fill their days. Instead, Michael took upon himself an extraordinary task. In fact, he calls it his mission.

Now 12, Michael is using his experience to inspire others who are still fighting against the disease. Moreover, he is bringing his message of hope and fortitude to crowds numbering in the thousands and has shared his experience on national television.

But Michael is more than talk. Sales from his compact disc, entitled Make a Difference and containing five songs that Michael wrote and recorded, have already raised more than $125,000 for cancer research. In his fundraising crusade for cancer research, Michael has met with many powerful people, including Prime Minister Jean Chretien and Premier Glen Clark, and in August he is scheduled to speak at an international conference in Florida alongside Barbara Bush, wife of former president George Bush, and Jack Canfield, author of the book Chicken Soup for the Soul.

But nothing compares, he says, to last month when he flew to California to

guest star in an upcoming episode of Baywatch in which he got to act and sing one of his own songs. Michael plays the role of Charlie Dodson Hays, an American boy his own age who died from thyroid cancer last January. Entitled "Charlie," the episode is set to air the first week in November.

None of today's triumphs were on Michael's mind on July 25, 1994, when doctors at British Columbia Children's Hospital told him and his parents, Domenic and Gloria, that a biopsy had confirmed that the lumps on his neck meant he had contracted Hodgkin's Disease, a form of cancer that afflicts the lymph nodes. Still, says Ron Anderson, Michael's physician and since June a pediatric oncologist at the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary, doctors were very hopeful at the time that a five-month course of chemotherapy would eliminate the disease.

Unfortunately, exactly one year to the day after his first diagnosis, tests confirmed a relapse of Michael's cancer. This time, however, it had spread and spots were showing in his lungs. "The fact that it came back quickly meant that we had a major cause for concern," Dr. Anderson explains. "He needed such high dosages of chemotherapy that we knew it would wipe out his bone marrow." To counteract the chemotherapy's effect, stem cells, from which bone marrow grows, were removed from Michael's blood and re-injected later.

"Hearing my cancer had returned was the worst day of my life," a poised and articulate Michael recalls. "But though I didn't understand why it had happened, I knew it was a hand I had to play." The second time around, Michael's chemotherapy included massive injections of cyclophosphamide, a medicine so brutal that in most cases a single gram is considered a month's dosage for an adult. Michael received seven grams in the first four hours. His hair fell out for the second time and he experienced nausea and weakness. Eventually, his weight fell to 59 pounds from his normal 85. "It felt like the flu, only 100 times worse," Michael recalls.

Dr. Anderson adds to the description of Michael's trauma. "He experienced severe ulceration through the mouth and intestinal tract," he reports. "And because his immune system was shut down, we had to put him in isolation for several weeks. Even a cold could have been deadly." Dr. Anderson says that having already faced one round of chemotherapy many children are unable to handle the stress of further massive doses. "But Michael said, 'Okay, we'll do this,'" he reports. "Even though he had been through it before, Michael chose the heaviest course of treatment." And it worked.

But long after his suffering has faded to a distant memory, Michael remembers the impact illness had on his relationships with family and friends, and the friendships he formed with fellow cancer sufferers. Their support, along with the enforced idleness of illness, called from within him a

kind of creativity he did not know he had. During a short period of isolation in his first bout with cancer, Michael asked for his keyboard and composed his first song, a 40th birthday gift to his dad that expressed how much his support meant: When I hear you through the night/I know everything is going to be alright/When I wake up and see your sight/It's almost like seeing the light.

Throughout his ordeal, Michael's parents were by his side. His father, a property manager and home builder, took time off to be with Michael and his mother closed a clothing business she owned in order to give Michael and the rest of her family more time. Today, she works as the managing director for the Michael Cuccione Foundation, the organization that handles the funds he is raising.

"Mom's kind of my public relations manager," Michael quips. He credits his parents with preventing his nine-year-old brother Steven and 14-year-old sister Sophia from becoming jealous of the attention he has received as a patient and a celebrity. "Illness like mine happens to the whole family," Michael says, "but my parents have supported us all and tried to make sure that if one person gets something, we all get it." When, for example, Michael went to the Baywatch filming, his whole family came along.

Watching new friends struggle with and sometimes succumb to cancer has also served as inspiration for Michael's music and life. Since his illness, eight of the friends he made in hospital have died. "One day you play Nintendo with them," he says, "and the next they're gone." He has spoken at two memorial services, including one for Melinda Rose Hathaway who died last September at age 15 from an unusual form of bone cancer. His CD is dedicated to Melinda and one of his song's lyrics recall his feelings towards her: I don't wanna say good-bye/I don't wanna make you cry/Why do people come and go/When there's so much love to show, yeah.

Melinda's heroism and Michael's sense that time is a precious commodity have inspired him to want to make an impact on those around him. Another of his songs captures the essence of this: I wanna make a difference in this world/Reach out to the sky/See a difference in my eye/To make the difference in this world/May God make the tears drift away.

"Don't wait for life and death to hit close to home," he says. "The time to make a difference is now." For Michael that means doing all he can to raise money for cancer research. "When I think about the people I've lost," he says, "it's the least I can do."

Not even Michael's second go-round with cancer shook his belief that he was being prepared to make a difference on behalf of others. "I didn't understand why I was getting sick again," he says, "But I have a calling and

I knew I wasn't going to go." As one of his songs proclaims: Forever is not a choice/One day we will hear God's voice/And I hope today is not the day/Because right now I wanna stay.

"We never got mad at God at any point for what Michael went through," says Michael's mother Gloria. "We prayed every night and asked specifically for his healing." She is convinced that God answers prayers. "I tried to hold on to three ideas," Michael says. "Faith in God, a positive attitude, and the sense that my family and friends were supporting me." Bad moments were numerous, he admits, but he consciously put them behind him to prevent them from poisoning the rest of his life. Again, a lyric reflects his deepest thoughts: Said life can be cruel but also kind/What I have seen people go through blows my mind/If you think about the good your day will shine/And that's why I am gonna take one day at a time/When the going is rough/Lock the door.

Nine months ago, Michael and his family were flown to Los Angeles by the Make-A-Wish Foundation in order to fulfil Michael's dream of meeting David Hasselhoff, star of the international hit television series Baywatch. "I know a lot of people think the show is only about pretty girls in swimming suits," he says, "but there's a lot of inspirational stuff on there, too."

In fact, his meeting with Mr. Hasselhoff and an ensuing screen test resulted in Michael's becoming a part of that inspirational side. Just before Michael's first visit, the Baywatch cast and crew had become acquainted with Charlie Hays, another 12-year-old who was dying with thyroid cancer. Charlie was in the area because on an earlier visit to Malibu beach, he had told his mother that he wanted to die there. "In April 1996, Charlie's doctors said he would only live six more months," reports Susan Addington, Charlie's mother. "So I advertised in the local paper that I would be willing to work as a housekeeper if someone would let us live near the beach for a few weeks." Instead, a wealthy benefactor gave Ms. Addington and her son the use of her beach house where Charlie lived for what turned out to be the last nine months of his life.

A visit to Baywatch led to Charlie's adoption by the crew and regular Sunday dinners with executive producer Greg Bonann, the lifeguard who inspired the show, and Tai Collins, Mr. Bonann's girlfriend and a writer for the series. Before he died, Charlie volunteered for tests at the University of California, Los Angeles, that helped doctors discover the genetic marker that will enable them to detect cancerous thyroid glands even before the cancer develops. And instead of receiving presents on what he knew would be his last birthday, Charlie requested help from friends and businesses and gave gifts to sick children in L.A. hospitals.

In Charlie's memory after he died, the Baywatch crew held a traditional

memorial service for lifeguards at sea, because they said his contribution to medical science had truly made him a lifeguard. What's more, Charlie's courage and generosity inspired Ms. Collins to write an episode about his life.

Ms. Addington is thrilled that Baywatch decided to build a show around her son's life and death, and she is equally thrilled that another cancer victim, in this case a survivor, was able to take on the role. "Charlie's greatest fear was that he would be forgotten," Ms. Addington says. "Now that won't happen."

As for Michael, he jumped at the chance to play Charlie, both because he loves to act and because it gives him another opportunity to communicate a message of hope and faith. "I've been officially cancer-free for two years," he says. "And they have been so full that if nothing else ever happens in my life, I won't have any room to complain." As his song exclaims: Never give up on hope/Never give up on faith/Never give up on love.

--Shafer Parker, Jr.

A life-giving but costly science

When the Second Annual Michael Cuccione Foundation Dinner Dance is held this November 21, the foundation will make its first donation to research in the form of a cheque to the B.C. Research Institute for Children's and Women's Health.* "We're grateful for what the British Columbia Children's Hospital did for us," says Michael's mother Gloria, "but we also want to put the money Michael has raised where it will do the most good."

One of the reasons they chose the institute for their first gift, Mrs. Cuccione explains, is the leadership it provides in genetic research, an area that is now seen as one of the most promising for breakthroughs in both the cure and prevention of cancer. Ron Anderson, Michael's personal physician and a former oncologist at B.C. Children's hospital, reports that there have been major advances in the treatment of children's cancer over the last 40 years. "Between 1955 and 1960, every child diagnosed with leukemia died," Dr. Anderson says. "Today, nearly 80% of all leukaemia patients are cured." In fact, he adds, physicians are now able to cure about 80% of all childhood cancers. Children such as Michael, who have contracted Hodgkin's disease, can expect a 95% cure rate.

The cure rate for childhood cancer is so good that the current challenge is to discover why children get cancer in the first place. "They're not like an adult who's spent 40 years smoking cigarettes," Dr. Anderson remarks. "When a four-year-old gets a kidney tumour, or a 10-year-old has Hodgkin's disease, it almost has to have a genetic origin." Doctors are also continually looking

for ways to refine the treatments they prescribe. Too little therapy may not eliminate the cancer, but too much can leave a child with permanent damage to heart, lungs or liver. Other treatments can cause permanent infertility.

Cherry Graf, director of communications for the B.C. Research Institute, reports that her institution is looking into all these concerns. Pathologist Poul Sorensen, a specialist in childhood tumours, is studying them at the molecular-genetic level to learn how to identify the tumours as early as possible. "His research will help us tailor our chemotherapy and radiation treatments more precisely," Ms. Graf reports, "creating a greater quality of life for the patient."

Another researcher, Kirk Schultz, is looking for ways to prevent the body from rejecting bone-marrow transplants. Current leukemia therapy completely destroys the patient's bone marrow, necessitating an infusion of bone marrow cells from a donor. "Such infusions lead to rejection of the cells just as in organ transplants," Ms. Graf explains. "But rejection episodes can produce a range of effects, even causing fatalities." Complicating matters for Dr. Schultz is the fact that a minor rejection episode is seen as ultimately beneficial because it can kill any remaining cancer cells that may have been missed by normal therapies.

Ms. Graf reports that other doctors are looking to nutrition and exercise as the means for regaining what the body has lost during treatment. "So much more is going on in a child's body than in the body of an adult," she explains. "Growth phases can be interfered with, and once those milestones are lost, they are frequently never regained." Michael's mother credits nutrition with helping him to recover from his second round of chemotherapy. Mrs. Cuccione says that at first he could not eat solid food, but a tea high in special enzymes restored his energy and ability to eat within days.

"Research into cancer treatment is expensive," Dr. Anderson says, "but over the last 30 years it has been so effective that you can only call it money well spent."

--Shafer Parker, Jr.

Anyone wishing to contribute to cancer research through the Michael Cuccione Foundation can write to:
P.O. Box 31081
, Port Moody, B.C., V3H 4T4
Phone: (604) 552-2808; fax: (604) 552-2850