Dear Ms. Katie Couric,
There is great hope abounding.
Tremendous news travels fast! The news that you have shown even a speck of interest in the story of 54,000 people asking Oprah to do a show on childhood cancer is like a brilliant ray of sunshine and hope. I will search for the words that will express exactly how I feel…
I wonder how we, in the United States of America, can be so wrapped up in Meaninglessness that we are blind to the most vulnerable and weakest among us. I wonder how we tolerate the injustice of pharmaceutical companies turning their back on the development of new therapies for children with cancer— for the sole reason that they cannot make a profit. I wonder how we can stand quietly watching while the largest of our nation’s cancer fighting agencies allocate only a pittance to childhood cancer.
I wonder why there are not enormous “Armies” coming to the rescue to fight the #1 disease killer of children in our country.
I wonder why people know so little about childhood cancer that children are dying as a result.
Finally, I wonder what the effects would be if someone, like you, would open and broadcast the World of Truth of how grossly overlooked and underfunded childhood cancer is.
Like others, you are probably shaking your head and asking, “How can this be?”
I don’t know how, but it is, and we need to change it now.
I cannot close without adding that the “story” behind this story needs to be told. I speak of Christine who was inspired by her friends, Deliece and her son—both fighting cancer. Imagine a friend so loving, so caring, so dedicated, that she would gather an Army of over 50,000 people to fight for friends… to fight for a cause… to fight for children who cannot speak for themselves.
They cannot speak for themselves… because they are too busy fighting for their lives.
Ms. Couric, your attention to childhood cancer will without a doubt save lives. This is what we are all reaching for… with everything we have…
The children need your heart. I pray you will give it to them.
With my sincere gratitude,