Idea Exchange: April 9 – April 13

Monday, April 9th:

TODAY IS: Dry or Powdered Milk, Chinese Almond Cookies, Name Yourself, Listening, First Public Library opened-1833, Winston Churchill


Tuesday, April 10th:

TODAY IS: Cinnamon Crescent, National Sibling, Golfers, Encourage a Young Writer, Salvation Army Founders


Wednesday, April 11th:

TODAY IS: Cheese Fondue, Barbershop Quartet, Eight Track Tape, Jackie Robinson, School Librarian, Big Wind



Thursday, April 12th:

When Eric Wendel was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 1966, the survival rate was 10 percent. Today, it is 90 percent. Even as politicians call for a “Cancer Moonshot,” this accomplishment remains a pinnacle in cancer research.

The author’s daughter, then a medical student at Georgetown Medical School, told her father about this amazing success story. Tim Wendel soon discovered that many of the doctors at the forefront of this effort cared for his brother at Roswell Park in Buffalo, New York. Wendel went in search of this extraordinary group, interviewing Lucius Sinks, James Holland, Donald Pinkel, and others in the field. If there were a Mount Rushmore for cancer research, they would be on it.

Despite being ostracized by their medical peers, these doctors developed modern-day chemotherapy practices and invented the blood centrifuge machine, helping thousands of children live longer lives. Part family memoir and part medical narrative, Cancer Crossings explores how the Wendel family found the courage to move ahead with their lives. They learned to sail on Lake Ontario, cruising across miles of open water together, even as the campaign against cancer changed their lives forever.

TODAY IS: Licorice, Grilled Cheese, Reach as High as you Can, Look up at the Sky



Friday, April 13th:

TODAY IS: Peach cobbler, Friday, the 13th, Blame someone Else, National D.A.R.E. day, Plant Appreciation