According to the ACS, more than 12,400 children will be diagnosed with cancer this year. While this may not seem like that many in the grand scheme of things, think about this: Cancer is the SECOND leading cause of death in children, exceeded only by accidents. Every day, 46 children, or two classrooms full of children, will be diagnosed with cancer.
Although some cancers are very treatable and have great prognoses, other cancers, like Neuroblastoma, do not. Since Liam was diagnosed, in April of 2004, I have kept up on many, many children battling cancer. And slowly but surely, the list has dwindled down as those children became angels. Sadly, so many of these children passed away in just the last 6 months.
So, today, honor those who have died. Liam Kane, Katie Krize, Christi Thomas, Lucas Tran, Arden Quinn Bucher, Marissa Monroe, Max Mikulak, Penelope London, James Runde, Emily Adamson, Boey Byers, Madelyn Beamon, Laura Stiles, Carter Finger, Lillie Boyte, Austin Melgar, Jake Raborn, Emma Grace Hampton, Stanton Haynes, Spencer Dolling, Kendall Jackson, Kayla Weber, Harrison Nichols ... (and those are just off the top of my head).
And support those children who are still in the fight!!
Khalid Amos, who actually lives in Greensboro NC, just received his STEM CELL TRANSPLANT yesterday!! He is 3 years old, and is at Duke waiting for those cells to engraft. Please stop over and tell him hello! They welcome any visitors at his website. His mother, Danielle, and I have been e-mailing back and forth, and hopefully when I go down to Greensboro in a few weeks, I'll be able to stop over and see them.
WEAR GOLD TODAY!!
Photo above is of Kayla Weber, who lost her battle with Neuroblastoma on December 2, 2007 at the age of 15 months.
This video was made by the CNCF (Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation).