In Treatment and Under Pressure | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Metro Connection

In Treatment and Under Pressure

Play associated audio
Brennen and his mom, Robinette Todd, have been through a lot together.
Courtney Collins
Brennen and his mom, Robinette Todd, have been through a lot together.

A Virginia woman is feeling the heat as she fights to get treatment for her four-year-old son, who has a rare form of brain cancer.  Brennen's condition only responds to expensive proton radiation, but his mom was just laid off and lost her insurance.  Now she's considering leaving the state to accept another position because she's so desperate to have benefits again. Courtney Collins talks with the family about how they're coping.

[Music: "Fire and Rain" by Various Artists from Country Road: An Acoustic Tribute to James Taylor]

If you would like to help, please contact: Sunset Hills Baptist Church 3500 Franconia Rd. Alexandria, VA 22310 703-960-3366
NPR

An 'Epilogue' That Makes Sense Of The Chaos Of Memory

In his episodic memoir, Will Boast meets the siblings he never knew while navigating family deaths and secrets. Critic Ellah Allfrey finds Epilogue conceptually ambitious, but lacking in execution.
NPR

Giving Chickens Bacteria ... To Keep Them Antibiotic-Free

What does it take to get chickens off antibiotics? According to Perdue Farms, an added dose of the "good bacteria" known as probiotics can help crowd out the harmful microbes that make a chicken sick.
NPR

Why Did Congress Kick The Can On Funding Islamic State Mission?

The president got approval for his plan to train and equip Syrian opposition fighters, but lawmakers didn't approve funds to pay for it or the broader air campaign.
NPR

Some Tech Firms Capitalize On Privacy

Steve Henn of NPR's Planet Money team profiles some entrepreneurs who are working on a novel business model to start up a new tech company. It's pay for service. What a concept.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.