A Childhood Cancer Survivor Blogging about the World of Childhood Cancer

Spark Lighters

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

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”                                                    

~Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa

 It is a good thing when we are reminded of the importance of human life and the importance of living our lives the best we can live them. Daily life has a way of running us into ruts where we discontinue maintaining our concern for other humans. Then, we lose a bit of our own humanity. It takes a spark to get our humanity back. Gradually, we see our fellow humans clearly. We see their needs, their sorrows and their suffering. Because we have that Spark, we see our part, our purpose, and we move forward with purpose to make change.

One huge Spark in my life has been a seven year-old boy (who should have turned nine on February 6th) named Max Nunn. The day I saw his face and heard how he was bravely fighting brain cancer, I fell in love with his heart. I fell in love with a little boy named Max. I watched how, at seven years old, Max raised money for St. Baldrick’s & pediatric cancer research, “Two Bucks” at a time. I don’t think a day ever goes by that I don’t think of Max.

Following a child who is fighting cancer on Facebook or CaringBridge helps educate us about what kids and their families are facing. There is so much we can learn. Our hearts will grow, not shrivel.

Some Facebook sites:

Braden’s Army

Emmalee’s Angels

1,000 Candles for Baby Reef

Anjali’s Army

The Spark can even spring moments of laughter from where there is utter chaos.

In this video, a toddler with cancer laughs for the first time after chemo. I am grateful for the Spark someone lit inside of him!

I believe when you watch the video… this little boy will light a Spark inside of you.

Oh yes, he lit my Spark, he did, just like my buddy, Max.

I love this photo of Max. The SPARKle in his eyes gets me every time!

Comments on: "Spark Lighters" (3)

  1. Wow, are you sure you are only 17? Going on 30, perhaps? LOL. Good post. 🙂

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