September is pediatric cancer awareness month. I would be shocked if many of you were even aware of that. I know I wasn't until I walked into Sloan Kettering for the first time in the month of September and saw posters covered in gold ribbons that were promoting the cause. If I could, I would plaster the city - every city - with pictures of Ty and all of the other beautiful babies who are suffering with this disease. Just seeing his face and imagining one of your own in his situation is powerful. I want this month to be more impactful. Please help me by sharing Ty's story.
One of my facebook friends who I have never even met (Anna, you are an angel) changed her profile picture to the following. It's so sad to see my baby like this, I know, but the message is true and meaningful.
Please do something to promote pediatric cancer awareness. Just tell someone that you know a little boy named Ty Campbell who is fighting for his life. Share his website with a stranger who is complaining about what a miserable day he or she is having. Remember the thousands of innocent angels who are all around us because of this terrible disease. Or, best of all, register to be a bone marrow donor or consider donating cord blood. It is so much easier than you think, and you can save a life.
Next month, you will see more pink ribbons than usual because October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. No surprise there... women on a mission are powerful and awe inspiring. I know that we could do the same for pediatric cancer if all of us cancer moms (and dads) weren't so consumed with caring for our sick children, sleeping in hospitals, worried about siblings or drowning in the loss of his or her most precious gift.
Childhood cancer is responsible for taking the lives of more children and teenagers than any other disease. More than genetic anomalies, Cystic Fibrosis and AIDS combined. 1 person out of every 330 will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20. 47 kids were diagnosed today. 7 died today. When cancer strikes children and young adults, it affects them differently and the majority of childhood cancer survivors will suffer serious, chronic health problems as a result of treatment. Pediatric cancer research needs more support and a cure needs to be found. This disgusting disease has done too much damage already and it simply must be stopped.
All children deserve life. They deserve to grow up. Please spread the word and keep praying for a cure. If I could pray harder, I would, but I don't even know what that means. All I know is Ty is doing well right now, I am beyond grateful, and I know that it is God's work. Thank you.