A Childhood Cancer Survivor Blogging about the World of Childhood Cancer

Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery

With all of the excitement this past week about Taylor Swift asking eighteen year-old cancer patient, Kevin McGuire, to be her date for the ACM Awards, I hope that our excitement will lead us all to look inside ourselves and ask what we have, personally, to give. I mean, what if our mere presence does not elicit the excitement that Taylor’s does?

What if I am not Taylor Swift?

I am so happy you have asked. We can do plenty. Remember the four-year old boy named Kyle who needs a bone marrow transplant and is looking for a match? If having an opportunity to directly save a child’s life appeals to you, please register with Be The Match. 10,000 patients need transplants, and only one half of those patients will receive one. The very generous woman below is in the process of donating.

Amanda Simas Giving Someone Life


This next story will inspire you; I bring you the example of Sean. Sean is not yet an adult, yet he is raising money for St. Baldrick’s in honor of his twelve year-old cousin, Maeve, who is fighting osteosarcoma. St. Baldrick’s funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U. S. government.

Sean’s St. Baldrick’s Fundraising Page

For good measure, I am delighted—truly delighted– to bring you the final option I will suggest today.

You can fill a child fighting cancer with pure joy by making it snow!


How terrific it is to know we don’t have to be Taylor Swift in order to truly bring joy to children fighting cancer.

Time to get going now… to make it snow!


Blake Jordan needs a miracle kidney






Comments on: "What if I’m Not Taylor Swift?" (2)

  1. No, you don’t have to be Taylor Swift to be AMAZING. You just be Melinda. That’s AMAZING enough! XOXO

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