Some kids survive cancer and they and their families never look back. I understand this – everybody deals with stuff in their own way, everybody grieves differently, and no one is ever the same. But, as Buffy the Vampire Slayer once said, “Every now and then, people surprise you.” Some people lose their children, but they keep fighting, because they know that’s what their children would want. They keep fighting so that one day, no other parent will have to suffer through the agony of saying goodbye to their babies. They keep fighting because they would want someone to fight for them. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Nothing is gonna change without awareness. It can’t. Awareness leads to emotions, and emotions lead to action. There is so much you can do, if you just stop and think about it. You can start like I did, simply by reading everything you can get your hands on about childhood cancer. I soaked it up like a sponge, I really did. Start talking about it with your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and even even strangers. I know most people don’t like to dwell on sad things, and I understand that. But look at it this way. If everyone looked the other way, absolutely nothing would change. History is full of changes, if you look back on it. Once upon a time, African Americans were slaves, women couldn’t vote or even go to college, and now look: We have an African American for President, and women can vote, go to college, do anything and everything men can. They can fight in wars and fly airplanes. Men even are staying home and raising the kids while their wives’ careers take off!
If things like that can change, I don’t see why childhood cancer awareness can’t turn into action against it. Please, if you can, whenever you can, give blood and platelets (something very important, because blood is life). Children need it. Your child may need it one day, or a child you know. Kids cannot fight cancer alone. They need an army of fierce advocates behind them. They need us. They need YOU.