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I read something today that illustrates the width and depth of the needs of the Land of Childhood Cancer. I read about a boy fighting cancer. His father lost his job and now his son has no medical insurance. If you are a parent, please imagine your child fighting for his/her life while your financial world crumbles around you. Would you feel helpless, hopeless, forgotten?

Today, I would like each reader to put themselves into the shoes of this father.

What are we thinking—what are we doing—when our taxes pay for medical care for criminals in prison, but this father finds himself in this horrible position? This father is not alone. There are many, many other families (even those with “good” insurance) who find themselves financially devastated from the insurmountable medical bills. I find it very, very interesting that in the world of Childhood Cancer Parents, not one speaks about this… all of their focus is on the children.

But for today, I want to focus on the parents who provide support that is beyond what any parent should ever have to face. I love you, all of you parents of children with cancer. Your job is huge, and your hearts are even bigger.

I thank you.

Today, I salute you.

This is someone who has not forgotten you…

MattieMiracle Cancer Foundation




Comments on: "Forgotten" (4)

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by LEXXI SAAL and CLAN CHILD HEALTH, Melinda Marchiano. Melinda Marchiano said: Forgotten: http://t.co/hbQbNkH I love all of the parents of children fighting cancer:) […]

  2. Cheryl Wilmington said:

    You are wise beyond your years Sweet Gurl!! Your parents have taught you empathy, compassion, understanding and to have a big heart. I applaud you and your parents. :o)
    I feel that your words should be read daily as they give many of us “thinkin’ things to think about”.
    I know of 3 other Great Ladies, like yourself, that spoke with compassion, truth, vision and understanding. I admired all of them greatly: they each “touched the world, one person at a time”:
    Mother Theresa; Helen Keller & Princess Diana.
    Melinda, when I read your posts, your words are full of wisdom, like theirs. God has blessed you with so many gifts. I am honored to be able to read your “words of thought-provoking” questions and comments. Please always continue your words: they help many.
    I have 3 daughters and a son. None of them have traveled the journey that you and many of your co-cancer friends traveled in your short lives.
    You though, have done what others, twice your age have not yet done: You have sought the “silver lining” on the dark, grey, cloud of Cancer: you have found the wisdom.
    In addition, you have chosen to SHARE it with the world. We are blessed by YOU Melinda.
    {{{Healing Hugz}}}
    Mrs. Cheryl

  3. 1ballerina said:

    Mrs. Cheryl,

    YOUR words have created teardrops on my cheeks. Thank you for your kindness and the big dose of love that just entered my heart.
    What I believe, after reading your beautiful words, is that YOU are a writer… please share more!

    Blessed by your love and care,


  4. Cheryl Wilmington said:

    Thank you Melinda for your heartwarming words.
    Once again, you have made my heart smile. :o))
    Have a Great Day Gurlie!!!

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