Five years ago this month, I learned what it feels like to almost lose a child to a devastating illness. and what it means to be told that your daughter has a lifelong autoimmune disease that will basically wipe out her dreams and plans for college and her future, and leave her in constant, chronic pain that requires narcotic pain relievers just to get through the day. That experience brought me to my knees, and made me realize how important it is to cherish each and every day, every minute with your children, because, basically, you never know how much time you, or they, for that matter, may have.
Having just recently experienced the surreal experience of surrendering her brother to a surgeon’s skillful expertise for an emergency appendectomy, I had a very unpleasant reminder of the shock and horror that a parent must feel when their child is diagnosed with cancer. In our case, thankfully, everything went well, and our son is well on his way to recovery. However, many other parents are not as fortunate as we are.
Did you know that each and every day, forty-six (46) children are diagnosed with cancer? That one child in 330 will be diagnosed with cancer before age 20? Research has improved the cure rates, but over 3,000 still die every year. New studies are promising, but, because funding has been cut, twenty (20) new studies are on hold, and almost 400 children will not be able to participate in trials next year that just might save their lives.
I urge you to view this video and watch these beautiful, courageous children. I warn you that you will need a hankie or Kleenex. I’ve watched it three times now, and I’ve wept every time. But watch it, and get angry enough about the lack of funding, and concerned enough about the fact that it could be your niece, your nephew, your neighbor, or even (God forbid) your child that’s in this video to contact your representative in Congress or your Senator and urge them to restore funding through the Conquer Childhood Cancer Act.
You say you don’t know how to contact your representatives? Or that you’re not even sure who your representatives are? Not a problem. View the video first, and then check the links below. You will want to do something , I promise.
To contact your representatives, follow this link to a specific page on the Curesearch.org site. You can then enter your zip code and all of your representatives, both national and local, will then be produced. You can even send them a letter directly from this page. No stamps or envelopes required.
For additional information and to support research, please visit CureSearch.org. CureSearch unites the world’s largest childhood cancer research organization, the Children’s Oncology Group, and the National Childhood Cancer Foundation through our mission to cure childhood cancer. Research is the key to the cure.
Consider supporting research yourself. How about giving up that Starbucks Mocha Frappacino once or twice a month, or watching a Braves game at home instead of going to the Ted, and donate that money to research. Your dollar might just be the one that pays for the cure.