Skipping and Squealing with Squeaky Shoes On
“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together.”
Something that never ceases to amaze me, with the more I learn about the children and families affected directly by childhood cancer, is the sheer multitude of them who become passionately involved in ending the suffering of children with cancer. This alone speaks volumes. My heart breaks for the families who no longer have their child by their sides. And here they are, fighting for our kids of the future… making sure that no child has to face what their child faced.
If people could see how hard they are working, or even feel a glimpse of their pain and loss, all of humanity would step up as an enormous support system to help them in their mission– and to honor and recognize the bravery of their childhood cancer heroes.
At the very top of our “To Do List,” as a World, Country, and as People, is to help fight for the children who have no voice. Children fighting cancer are too busy fighting to have a voice, and too young to articulate their needs to the adult world. Somehow, these kids make the world brighter, even though their own world is falling apart. I want to recognize them and honor them. I saw a little girl and boy skipping and squealing through a store with their Squeaky Shoes on, and I thought…
“That’s what I want for all kids.”
If you want this for all kids, there are many things you can do to help get rid of the Childhood Cancer Monster.
My mom and I had the honor and great pleasure of meeting Joann Nawrocki of Alexa’s Foundation during the Hope Tour of Summer 2011. Alexa lost her battle to cancer, but Joann has worked tirelessly to bring Alexa’s love and light to other children fighting cancer. We love you Alexa! We love you Joann!
Someone else Mom and I had the honor of meeting during that time is Ali McDonough, and her father, Joe. Please vote for Ali McDonough B+ Foundation. She is up for an award, and she really, really has earned it. After the loss of her brother, Andrew, she has turned her loss into hope for children with cancer. Thank you Ali!
Another way you can support these families and honor the children…
The Isaiah Alonso Foundation Chase Community Giving and Ethan Jostad Foundation
(You can vote for two! Just a moment of your time!)
If you have not seen them yet, here are the first two previews for The Truth 365.
Day one Preview of TheTruth 365
The Truth 365 Day 2 Preview Campaign
This includes The Truth 365 Interview with Talia… before she knew her dream to meet Ellen would come true!
One more thing I want to share with you today is the inspiring story of childhood cancer survivor, Sabrina Cannella.
I am in awe of what families and survivors are doing for our kids of the future. I imagine what can happen with the support of our communities, businesses, and government. I know there can be a day when all kids can skip and squeal, with their greatest care at that moment being that their shoes light up and squeak.