“I wondered why somebody didn’t do something. Then, I realized I am somebody.”
One of the most disturbing facts surrounding childhood cancer is the lack of development of new therapies over the past couple of decades. Yes, I mean decades. While a multitude of technological advances, ahem– such as the worldwide web—have seen an explosion of growth, the treatment of childhood cancers is burdened with shortages (methotrexate) and the absence of new therapies. The bottom line here seems to be money. Producing drugs that are needed to fight childhood cancer is not profitable. The factories and labs that were in top shape in the 1970’s are now run-down and outdated.
It’s easy for all of us to think that the economy is bad, or childhood cancer will never affect me, or believe someone else will step in to take care of it all.
The Bottom Bottom Line is we need to act now to provide a life insurance policy for our children of the future. If money for research is what it takes, then we need to show our care for children by taking responsibility for developing new targeted therapies. Imagine a vaccine that prevents cancer. Imagine.
The truth is we do not even know what causes childhood cancer.
Shouldn’t every one of us want to know what causes it? Every day brings newly diagnosed children, and every day brings death. I want to thank Amy Baldwin and Jordan Smith for allowing me to use Jordan’s photo collage in my post yesterday. Of sixty-six children in the collage, twenty-six children have passed. One third.
Supporting Alex’s Lemonade Stand, CureSearch, and St. Baldrick’s will help us find cures for childhood cancer faster. This is a race, and this is war. I want all of us to be the Navy Seals who put an end to the tortuous reign of childhood cancer.
Your “Navy Seal” opportunities of the day:
Hold a lemonade stand to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand & pediatric cancer research
If you enjoy walking, join the CureSearch Walk in Raleigh N.C.:
Or… give to St. Baldrick’s in memory/honor of a child who has fought cancer… for example, Ethan Jostad
I see two choices here.
1) Be ostriches with our heads buried in the sand (scared you, didn’t I?)
2) Believe, “I am Somebody” and act accordingly.