Don't Stop Believing

Friday, December 14, 2012

Got some heartbreaking news this week. My friend's daughter, Phoebe, who has been battling leukemia for all of her short 2 years, has relapsed again. Two weeks ago, her family celebrated a year since her second bone marrow transplant -- a year cancer free. A week ago, I saw Phoebe at a party. She was running around, playing like any 2 year old. At one point during the evening, we couldn't find her and after a few minutes of searching, found her cuddled up between her cousin Daniel and my son Isaac on the couch, watching a movie and eating chips.

This is such devastating news for a family that has been through so much. To find that now, she has a mass in her pelvis, and that mass is cancerous. At this point they don't know what the options are for treatment, if any.

Cancer is a monster.

That so many families have to go through this and that so many children are dying is unacceptable. I personally know 4 families who have either battled, or are still battling, childhood cancer. I know of many more kids that my children have gone to daycare or school with also battling. We need to increase funding to research into children's cancers to provide more options for treatment, clinic trials, new drugs. Please take a moment to sign this petition to urge President Obama to appoint a pediatric oncologist to the National Cancer Advisory Board: petitions.whiteh
. It only takes a couple of minutes to sign.

Last night, I was Christmas shopping for my daughter at Claire's (a jewelry/makeup/accessories store for young girls, for those of you not familiar with the store). As I was looking around, I heard the cashier asking everyone who was making a purchase whether they wanted to make a donation to children's cancer research. Everyone said no. I wanted to stop them, and tell them Phoebe's story, and the story of so many other children, and ask them if really, could they not afford to add an extra dollar on to their purchase to help these kids. Really, you're buying jewelry or makeup for a kid for Christmas. I'm sure just a dollar wouldn't hurt. Every dollar counts. Of course I know that my reaction was irrational, that there are many charities to support and that I don't know anybody's personal situation. So I held my tongue, and when I paid for my purchase, I made a donation. If any of you are shopping at Claire's please consider making a donation, no matter how small. The funds raised are going to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. This incredible place offers treatment to children at no cost -- even supplying housing to families at no cost and relies heavily on donations. This is where Phoebe received her natural killer cell treatment and second bone marrow transplant.

Those of us who know Phoebe and her family and continuing to hope, and believe that Phoebe will beat this monster again. That the third time will be the charm and she'll kick cancer to the curb permanently this time.

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