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The CureSearch Walk and beyond

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Last Saturday we participated in the CureSearch Walk. It was a beautiful, perfect day, and the purple-shirted Team Rebecca people were out in force. We made up about a third of all the walkers. And we raised about a third of all the money. Our group got a plaque for raising the most money.

In a way, this made me sad. Pedal to the Point, which benefits MS, had over a thousand riders. This benefit for children's cancer research had only about 150 walkers. There simply isn't enough awareness of the fact that so many children die from cancer. The statistics talk about a high cure rate for kids, but that is just kids with leukemia. For other children's cancers, the survivor rate is generally no better, and sometimes worse, that that of adults. Only 4% of the money spent on cancer research goes to pediatric research, and with the government shutdown several research studies that could be saving lives are simply being shuttered. It makes me want to cry.

This is probably my favorite picture of Rebecca, being chased by my husband, who, lacking a purple shirt, had instead dug a purple cape up. Becca remains so very alive and vibrant that it's almost impossible to believe her life is at risk. But at this moment she is undergoing her 16th radiation treatment, out of the 31 that are scheduled before she begins the year of her two-drug chemotherapy regimen. And it's still only a 50% chance that this smiling, high-energy little girl will be with us in 5 years.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
OPTIMIST1948 10/10/2013 7:42PM

    Without the preface - you would never know this was anything other than an ordinary picture...

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TATTER3 10/4/2013 6:37AM

    You do what you can.....that picture speaks loud!!!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/3/2013 10:17PM


I love that's wonderful!

How is she doing physically with the radiation?

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KNYAGENYA 10/3/2013 2:48PM


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HILLSLUG98239 10/3/2013 10:50AM

    Thank you for getting out there, raising money, and raising awareness. A kid having cancer is a tragedy.

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