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What if I’m Not Taylor Swift?

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






Penn State Dance Marathon and a Boy Named Kyle

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

Wow, wow, wow!

The Penn State Dance Marathon (THON.org) has raised $10,686,924.83 for pediatric cancer research!

THON.org is the largest student-run philanthropy on this Earth. The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon raises funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. In 1973, a group of students held their very first dance marathon; the 39 couples who participated raised $2,000. Now, THON has over 700 dancers, 15,000 student volunteers, and it has raised more than $78 million to benefit The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.


THON is a shining example for all of us who work to stop childhood cancer. I absolutely love to see and hear about young people caring about others. Truly, I wish children would learn more about philanthropy in school when they are very young. I wish they could have many opportunities before them to think of others and to learn altruism. Teaching children to care for others gives them a unique dose of gratitude for their own lives—it teaches them they are a person of worth because they have something to give.

What a concept, right? Because they give, they have a special value. A person’s value does not come from what they “have,” but from what they “give.”

To the THON dancers and volunteers, thank you! You have given more than your time, effort and money. You have inspired us, encouraged us, and lit a path for us to follow.

And now, I need to tell you about a boy named Kyle. Kyle is four years old; he needs a bone marrow transplant, and his family is desperately seeking a donor. They have created this site to help find one…

Could it be you?


One little cheek swab will let you know if you are a match.

Let’s spread the word and help save Kyle’s life.

Kyle Needs All of Us



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