Because I wasn’t there when Hannahlehe died. (Neuroblastoma, S4,age 13.)
Because Davi (Jakie) Fought so hard
Because Annalynda (Brendalynne) is now 1.5 years NED
Because YY doesn’t like chemo, and wants to go back to school with her friends.
I wear gold in September because my friend’s son is a Warrior, two years NED.
(go Super Keegan!)
Because Childhood cancer is very often ignored.
Because most people think that childhood cancer gets as much funding as other cancers (it doesn’t)
Because I know That 46/7 is real, and touches way too many lives.
Because I know the struggle doesn’t end if the child survives.
Because I see the lasting scars long after Cancer goes away.
Because I have been there for the chemo, and the crying and the sick and yuckies.
Because in 20 years there has been only one new children’s chemo drug.
Because many children don’t get diagnosed till Stage three or 4, when it is much harder for desired outcomes.
Because Children matter and so does childhood cancer.
I don’t go Gold just to push a ribbon. I’m Not trying to give people “ribbon fatigue” and fight another cause. I do this because it is a real cause. It is cause I can put my spare energy into. It is a cause that I can give real examples of, having lost two children, and with 2 warriors. I also have the stories of many children at my center. So I can put a human face on the Statistics that I post. I try to spread REAL awareness, because many people don’t know the signs and symptoms of Childhood cancer. They don’t realize that its anything but rare (46 children a day diagnosed, 7 in the USA die every day). Understand, This is a cause close to my heart. I will always go gold for the children who have to fight the war against childhood cancer.