I know I have posted about this before, but I couldn’t resist doing it again, especially since I found out that we need more support than ever before to get this done. Once we have reached the 1,500 signature mark, change.org will increase the amount of signatures needed. I don’t really know why they do this, but it doesn’t matter. The more support we have, the better. Lorrie, the woman who started this petition, lost her great-niece Riley to neuroblastoma last April, and since Riley loved the Boston Red Sox, Lorrie came up with this idea to get the MLB players wearing gold in September for awareness. It is genius.
I know I have gotten quite a few new subscribers in the last week or so, so please take a moment and click here (the link will take you to the change.org petition). Thank you for following me and thank you, in advance, for signing. I cannot do this without you.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, but you hardly ever see gold anywhere – instead you see pink for breast cancer. NFL players even wear pink in their October games, and people know what it is for, because breast cancer pink is that abundant.
There is a very good chance that if we stand together, we can make pediatric cancer awareness as big as breast cancer awareness is today. Maybe then, more people will start to get involved and curing it will be just a matter of time.
As it is, this past weekend was a particularly horrible one in the childhood cancer community. I know according to the statistics, more children lost their fight recently than I can put names and faces to, but here are the children I know of.
I found Tanner on Friday, one day before he died. He has a Facebook group . He was born on October 17, 2003, and was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in August 2006. On Saturday afternoon, after a five and a half year fight, he passed away wrapped in his mother’s arms. His family considers him a miracle because his doctors didn’t think he would even last 2 years with the disease. What do doctors know? They call him Super Tanner for a reason.
Ila Jean Rathbone
I have been following Ila Jean Rathbone for a while. She had neuroblastoma too. She was born on February 5, 2005, and by August 2006, she was diagnosed with the cancer, stage IV. She relapsed last May, and again in December four days before Christmas, and yesterday, shortly after 5 pm, she went home to heaven. She was 7 years old. Her Caring Bridge site says she never let her cancer win over her spirit – it is the children who know how to do this best.
Gage was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) on October 7, 2011. He had been in a clinical trial in Pittsburgh since January 4th, but on April 5th, a MRI showed the tumor spreading throughout his brain. I remember reading a heartbreaking post on his Facebook page where it was reported that Gage had said he didn’t want to die, that he was scared. No eight-year-old should have to say that. No child should.
Tanner, Ila, and Gage are all without pain today, but their families are not. What is being done about this monster called pediatric cancer? Not enough, if you ask me. You can help bring an end to it. The number one thing you could do is keep talking about it, as I am, keep spreading awareness. Sign the MLB, change.org petition, and please share it with every one you know! We can do this. I know we can.