~ Tony Stoddard
Today is a day of gratitude.
All I can think of is Tony Stoddard and his son, Cole.
All I can think of are the children who have suffered through childhood cancer and all the people who love them.
September—Childhood Cancer Awareness Month– is here. Those long days of hard work by childhood cancer advocates all year long are beginning to bear fruit. Last night, New York City gave every one of us who has been sucked into the world of childhood cancer a treasure. You see, we know how hard these children fight, and we have witnessed how they suffer. Our dearest friends are parents who have endured the worst of the worst. How can any of us even imagine our child looking to us, like Cole did, saying they will never grow up to do anything?
Seeing 1 World Trade Center, the Helmsley Building, and Times Square light gold for childhood cancer awareness does something inside me I cannot even describe. It makes me cry. The tears are tears of sadness, joy, and hope all tangled together in one big ball.
This my friends is the beginning of the end of childhood cancer.
Cole, you are doing something VERY big. Your daddy’s love for you shines bright, glittery gold. Dear little boy, you are helping us all to do the right thing.
We will not relent. In fact, we will join forces.
Yes… the beginning of the end…
Thank you, Cole.
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Guest Blogger: Lee Marchiano