“And we wept that one so lovely should have a life so brief.”
~ William Cullen Bryant
“One so lovely”…
The attention to childhood cancer in last night’s Stand Up 2 Cancer production was HOPE for my spirit. Stand Up to Cancer has partnered with St. Baldrick’s to create a Dream Team; research means HOPE in so many ways. There are children who need treatment options now, right now.
PAC2 brought me this great news in my inbox today! I could not summarize this or explain it any better:
“Headed into last night’s show, while SU2C had funded some childhood cancer specific research, it had yet not formed a Pediatric Dream Team (i.e., larger, higher-dollar, multi-institutional research projects). There are seven existing SU2CDream teams.
But yesterday’s show and the collaborative efforts of St. Baldrick’s and SU2C are going to change that. It almost seemed like the majority of the show was focused on kids! Having Julia Roberts caution viewers that cancer “kills a child every four hours in this country.” Having Justin, St. Baldrick’s Ambassador Kid, featured so prominently, having Taylor Swift dedicate her song to Ronan, and the hearts touched by Avalanna’s story are all giant leaps forward for childhood cancer awareness!! Reaching a nationwide audience no matter what channel you tuned in!! Leveraging our ‘normal’ audience an order of magnitude, or two!!
Hopefully a prime example of Awareness–>Funding–>Research–>Cure”
Thank you to PAC2 for always bringing us updated news!
Taylor Swift’s song to Ronan:
When we see the faces of childhood warriors, the youngest among us who fight cancer, they seem to always, always have a smile, even when their suffering is great. While they suffer, they think of others. They don’t want others to be sad because of their suffering. They don’t want to be their suffering.
“People know me for my happiness. I don’t want people to think of me for sadness.”
~ Jack Bartosz (August 24, 2012)
And so these brilliant spirits among us teach us strength. They teach us about courage and about what is truly important in our lives. They teach us not to be petty, or mean, or frustrated. Instead, their characters lead us to better ourselves. They lead us to the paths of compassion, gratitude, acceptance, and pureness of love.
I love them. I love these children with every speck of my heart. For this reason, I am one very happy Melinda! Stand Up 2 Cancer has stepped up to the plate for the kids!
SU2C, YOU ARE AWESOME!
I keep searching for the words to thank you for your beautiful song, but it’s hard for me to see the screen while I type– and there are no words. If you could see the tears falling over my cheeks, you would instantly know the extent of my gratitude. Tears of the gratitude type speak volumes. Thank you!