What a great day in Seattle today! Hope Tour Day 10 brought an opportunity for me to talk about childhood cancer on New Day Northwest. Mom and I met Meredith, a truly lovely lady from Make-A-Wish, at King 5 Studios.
Everyone there was warm and welcoming. We sat in the audience and watched the beginning of the show while waiting for my spot—last for the show. I loved watching all of the show! In particular, I loved the part where nurses brought in organs to demonstrate how our decisions about what we put in our body can make a huge difference in the health of our organs. When the taping was over, I had the chance to put on gloves and handle brains, lungs, livers, tongues and throats.
Did you know that teenagers who put alcohol into their bodies are “cooking” their brains? They placed an egg in alcohol to show how it “cooks” our brains because they are not yet mature.
The host of New Day Northwest, Margaret Larson, is sharp, witty, kind, and likeable. It’s hard for me to put into words how grateful I am for the opportunity that New Day Northwest gave me to talk about childhood cancer.
One of the facts I really wanted to share—and had the opportunity to share– is the difficulty many cancer children face getting a diagnosis. When children are diagnosed with cancer, 80% have advanced stages of the disease, compared to 20% in adults. Our society’s general lack of awareness about childhood cancer means that children are dying who could be living. We need change now.
New Day Northwest King 5 Seattle 6-26-2012
The drizzling rain didn’t stop us from walking around Seattle this afternoon. Mom and I walked through Pike Place Market and visited the aquarium.
An email arrived around this time that was a huge surprise. Dawn McMillion, owner of That’s Amore Italian Café, had seen the morning segment on New Day Northwest, and she generously offered to give us a complimentary dinner at her restaurant! She has a personal connection to childhood cancer. Mom and I were touched by her offer of kindness, and we really wanted to meet her. Guess where we ate dinner tonight? That’s Amore! Guess where I ate the very best pizza I have ever had in my life? That’s Amore!
Tomorrow… Amazing Make-A-Wish Meredith has arranged a meeting for me with a pediatric oncologist who also does research! This is exactly what I want to do, and I cannot wait to be able to talk with her.
Thank you New Day Northwest, Su, Margaret, Meredith, and Dawn, for a fantastic day!
Hope Tour Day 10