As thoughts of Kevin McGuire and his second battle with leukemia raced through my mind today, I also thought of Taylor Swift and her incredible act of kindness in asking Kevin to attend the ACM Awards as her date. I am still awestruck by how fast word spread through Facebook, and I want to thank each one of you who took the time to like his page and pass on the request. I admit that I rarely watch TV, opting to dance every night instead, but I will be sure to have myself plunked in front of the television on April 1st so that I won’t miss a moment of “Kevin & Taylor” coverage!
Along with thoughts of Kevin today, I also thought about Owen McMasters. Owen and Kevin have something in common. They are both in need of the drug methotrexate for their treatments—the medicine shortage we have been so very concerned about.
Owen and his parents spoke with Sanjay Gupta on CNN about their concern over the shortage of methotrexate.
Owen has decided for his Make-A-Wish to wish that children will be able to receive the life-saving drugs that they need to live. What a heroic, loving, and generous wish! Yet, there is something very, very wrong when a child needs to use his Make-A-Wish so that children can get the medicine they need to live.
Shouldn’t this supply problem already be taken care of by responsible adults?
St. Baldrick’s gives us an update on the current shortages of drugs used to treat childhood cancer.
When we are speaking of a child’s life or death need for medicine, we must ask ourselves, who is responsible for making certain that each child who needs medicine will receive it?
Let’s all take responsibility; let’s make Owen’s wish come true.
“But how?” you ask.
Let’s make Owen’s wish come true the same way that everyone helped make Kevin’s dream date come true…
Please speak up and spread the word!