As Geri Shepard walked with her son to Mount Sinai’s cancer clinic in Manhattan, families with young kids buzzed around her.
She stared at them for a minute, trying to figure out why so many people were outside.
Then, it dawned on her: For most families — those whose lives hadn’t been overrun by words like “immunotherapy” and “biopsy” — it was a big day.
“I was taking my son to chemo, and everyone else had the first day of school,” Shepard said last month. “It broke my heart because he should be a kid, doing things that kids enjoy, but instead, he’s got to go to the clinic.”