September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Childhood cancer is one of those thing none of us want to talk about. It’s something that makes me tear up just thinking about, but the sad reality is that it’s something families deal with every single day. I could sit here throwing out statistics on how many children are diagnosed or die every day from cancer, but the truth is, I’m not a scientific person.

What I am, however, is a mom. I’m a mom who is incredibly blessed to have two healthy children. I’m a mom who had to explain to her four year old daughter why she couldn’t spend time with her friend, who was going through treatment for leukemia. I’m a mom who read a status update on a Facebook friend’s wall today about how her life changed and how she never knew just how bad childhood cancer was until he walked her baby boy, who wasn’t much younger than Bubba is now, into the children’s oncology department.

I am a mom who has never experienced the pain of loss. I’ve never experienced the stress of never-ending doctor’s appointments. I can’t imagine what that would be like.

I am a granddaughter who watched the toll cancer took on a grown man. I’m a daughter-in-law who never met her husband’s father because cancer claimed his life two years before I met his son. I am the daughter who has watched her mother go through treatment for cancer twice. Knowing how cancer tears apart the lives and bodies of adults, I can’t imagine ever having to watch a child go through cancer treatment.

This month, I want to find a way to make a difference. This month, I want to do something to help the lives of families who are living this nightmare. I’m going to be contacting Badger Childhood Cancer Network on Monday to see what we can all do to help the families as well as the patients. We may not be cancer researchers, but we’re all parents, aunts, uncles, etc.

What can you do to make a difference?

Comments

  1. Good for you! Childhood cancer is just awful. There is an amazing organization in the Philadelphia region called Kisses for Kyle that does amazing work for children with cancer and their families. You should check it out!
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    • Heather says:

      I will definitely check it out and spotlight them if I can! I really want to do what little I can to make a difference this month!

  2. Found your site looking through images. I am mom to a cancer survivor, Katia (diagnosed at age 2 with leukemia AML, transplant at age 4 and now 12). We are very blessed to have her with us. She has been on quite a journey. Her story can be found via ladybugkatia.com but when I read your blog about reaching out although your children are healthy, that really touched me. You are a blessing:)

    We have met many angels along the way who have registered as marrow donors, donated countless amounts of blood, given of their time and volunteered in so many ways.

    It is amazing how so many people have come together through the years to help Katia and countless others as their stories have been shared and needs have come to light and it shows such goodness and willingness in the hearts around the world.

    Katia’s transplant did not fully engraft so she has rejection issues but is leukemia free. She is such a blessing to me each and everyday.

    From the beginning, at the time of her diagnosis, her prognosis was poor. At relapse, her diagnosis was poor and that was always the way it was. However, she is here. She loves art. She loves to draw and sew and has such a personality! She is only 3′ 3″ due to treatments but her personality outgrew her height a long time ago.

    I wish you and your family all the best and again, thank you for raising awareness:)

    Tracy Solomon (and Katia)

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