A Childhood Cancer Survivor Blogging about the World of Childhood Cancer

Posts tagged ‘Children’s Cancer Association’

Has Anybody Seen my Warp Drive Button?

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

Welcome to Friday, August 5th!

 The very first thing I want to share with you is this video of 10-year-old Lily Anderson singing our National Anthem on 7/28/11.

Lily’s spectacular performance was part of “Rally Night” a special event for kids fighting cancer. Lily has been fighting cancer since she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma Cancer in 2009.


Lily, you make me smile the kind of smile that begins on the inside and it grows until it escapes on the outside! I look forward to following your future events!

Lily Anderson

Lily Anderson

One more bit of news to share—and this is great BIG news if you like Mini Coopers!

Children’s Cancer Association [CCANews@Joyrx.org] is having a drawing where someone will win a 2011 Mini Cooper S Hardtop! If you would like to help them raise money and have a chance at driving away in a Mini at the same time, click on this link for more information:


I am finding it extremely difficult to believe that school begins in less than two weeks… phew! What happens if there are ten billion things I need to do before it begins? I can see you smiling and nodding your heads.

“Get going Melinda! Get going!!!”

Please excuse me while I locate my Warp Drive Button…

Courage Despite Grief


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

Dear Oprah,

In my daily letter on this day, I ask you once again to please do a show on childhood cancer. I have read each of the stories posted on the Oprah, Please Do A Show On Childhood Cancer Facebook page since it was born in early September last year. I don’t know how anyone can read the stories and not take action in some way. It seems our society has become lazy, self-centered, and selfish. We wait for others to do what we can do ourselves. We busily pursue our own agendas… turning away from those who desperately need our help.

I know people who have not turned away from the daunting challenge of working toward a cure for childhood cancer. These people are the opposite of lazy, the opposite of selfish. The people I am speaking of are heroes to children with cancer—they are parents who have lost their own child to cancer and still fight on for others. They have created organizations that raise money for research and also help families through the financial/emotional struggles of childhood cancer. I would LOVE to see you feature these heroes on your show. Funny, after I wrote that last sentence, I heard a voice telling me what these heroes would say in response.

They would say that their heroes are the children fighting cancer.

The truth is, Oprah, children fighting cancer need tons of support—medically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I don’t know what we would do without the individuals who have created Layla Grace Foundation, People Against Childhood Cancer, Alexa Nawrocki  Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Kids V Cancer, Children’s Cancer Association,  Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, and I know there are more. I cannot express how much I admire these people, not only for what they are doing for children with cancer, but for their courage in taking huge leaps to assist children with cancer in the midst of their grief.


Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow. ~Mary Anne Radmacher

 Be back again tomorrow,



AJ and his Dad, Bob... one of my heroes




Tag Cloud

%d bloggers like this: