Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

It’s September. Time to pull out all the stops on the fight against childhood cancer. Of course, we should pull out all the stops EVERY SINGLE DAY. These children need us. Cancer does not discriminate. It doesn’t care if it attacks a baby, a toddler, a child, a teenager or an adult.

It’s heartbreaking that 46 kids a day are diagnosed with cancer EVERY SINGLE DAY. Seven of them die EVERY SINGLE DAY. It’s NOT okay. I was lucky. I was one of the former statistics, but not of the latter.

What can we do? Lots!

We can find a foundation that fights for childhood cancer cures. Look up the Ronan Thompson Foundation. Look up the Sierra Rayn Foundation. There are more foundations than I can list here. Google them. Make a donation, and rest easy knowing that your money is going to find a cure. Maybe today. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe 5 years from now. Maybe 10 or 20. Maybe it will be too late to help some, but in the long run, we are going to save lives.

As Dr. Derek Shepherd, AKA McDreamy, AKA Patrick Dempsey says on Grey’s Anatomy before a surgery, “it’s a beautiful day to save lives.”

EVERY SINGLE DAY is a beautiful day to save lives, especially if it is the lives of children we are talking about.

On Monday, September 26th, go dine at Chili’s. The restaurant donates 100% of its net profits to St. Jude’s Hospital. All of them, 100%! All you have to do is go in and eat. Proof is here:

Having a party? Order cake pops from Cake Pops For A CURE – Help End Childhood Cancer – Sierra Rayn Foundation. Google it.

It would be so awesome if we could get Yoplait to have yellow lids in September. If we could get Starbucks to have yellow straws in September and then donate all or even a small portion of their net profits to fighting childhood cancer, it would be awesome. If we could get Target or even Walmart on board, it would be a start. There’s so many possibilities here.

McDonald’s opened its first Ronald McDonald’s house in Philadelphia in 1974. There are more than 300 Ronald McDonald houses in the United States. These houses are places for children and their families to stay while the sick child receives treatments. The families can stay for free if they cannot afford to pay.

That is great. That is wonderful. But what are WE doing? I encourage you to do what you can, because we all have the power to save lives. We don’t need to be doctors or nurses or even superheros. We just need to be aware. We just need to fight. But we need to do it NOW!

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