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What people are saying about How I Live

"The resilience shown by the children, as well as their parents and caregivers, is truly inspirational. How I Live is realistic and thought-provoking, and it will hopefully spur policymakers, clinicians, and activists
into action—by showing that through international collaboration and innovation, cancer treatment facilities can dramatically improve survival outcomes and inspire communities to tackle a once unbeatable foe."

"Looking at all the inequities related to childhood cancer seen in the film, I realized that it was very important to start working to change the system. The faces of those kids from the film were the same faces I have been seeing in my country." 

  • Liliana Vásquez Vice President  SLAOP Sociedad Latino Americana de Oncología PediátricaPediatric OncologistHospital Nacional Edgardo Rebagliati Martins -Essalud, Lima-Peru 

“This film is so important and meaningful at multiple levels.  Regardless of the settings where people reside, it helps remind us that no matter where they are, people are all the same.  However, the geographic location and healthcare access issues remain so variable globally, and create such deep inequities.  These stories are so moving, as they help demonstrate the additional burdens and barriers that families face in caring for their children with cancer in less resourced areas.  However they also truly provide motivation for those of us in global health fields to never give up….just as these brave people show their resolve to do everything possible for their loved ones and their communities.  We are so appreciative of the team that put this together and who have shared their experiences.  The thoughts, emotions and memories from ‘How I Live’ will linger in my mind (& heart) indefinitely.”

  • James H. Conway, MD FAAPProfessor of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin – Madison, School of Medicine & Public HealthPediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program DirectorDirector, SMPH Office of Global Health


“As a pediatric hematologist/oncologist, so much of this film rang true to me. The film so beautifully depicts the emotional pain and struggle that comes with a diagnosis of childhood cancer but also the unbelievable resilience of children. Watching this film gives a rarely seen glimpse of the extremes of life, from tragedy to triumph, around the globe.”

  • Cathy Lee-Miller, MD, Program Director for the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship, University of Wisconsin


“Our office was beyond impressed with the film as well as the team who brought such an important learning opportunity to our medical campus.  The stories highlighted global and local challenges that we hope our future physicians will rise to face head on.  Thank you, Meghan Shea, for your passion on this project and to the team for your flexibility in delivery methods during these trying times.  Our participants left the workshop ever changed.”

  • Christina Renteria, MEdDiversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Program Coordination, University of Arizona, College of Medicine – Tucson 

“The students were very moved by the film and so were the faculty. It is such a beautiful portrait of family, children dealing with cancer, and collective medical support. We were transported to each location and taken into each child's world. It was magical. And, the Q&A gave our students additional ways to see the film's impact and challenged them to think about solutions. Kendall balanced listening to the solutions and building on the student proposals, and your responses gave insight into the artist's work and perspective. We loved all parts of this exchange, many thanks for sharing your team's expertise.”

  • Mary Buckley, MFADirector The EJS Women’s Leadership ProgramThe George Washington University


"As an aspiring physician and pediatric oncologist, the film How I Live left a lasting impression on me. I was moved by touching family moments of triumph and perseverance that were juxtaposed with the difficulties and unfortunate realities of pediatric cancer treatment in low resource settings. Witnessing the resilience, love, and strength summoned by patients and their families against incredible odds left me with a unique sense of urgency and a desire to act. I was also inspired by the physicians, researchers, and public health experts depicted in the film dedicated to eliminating pediatric cancer care disparities. Their commitment to the cause and their willingness to collaborate across international borders demonstrated a standard of care and professionalism that I aspire to emulate in my future medical practice and advocacy work. In the end, the film and its call to action against childhood cancer continually reminds me why I am committed to pediatric oncology, working with underserved populations, and ultimately making a meaningful difference in the fight against this wretched disease."

  • Andres F. DiazMS2 at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine, Tucson

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