I vividly remember the first Academy Awards when all of the celebrities arrived wearing red ribbons on their lapels. I will have to look it up, but I imagine that was the first ribbon used to draw awareness to an important health-related cause. Pure Brilliance. Some time in the early 90's, there was barely a celebrity in sight who wasn't wearing a red ribbon at the award shows, and AIDS awareness finally made such a huge turn. The ribbon started the tipping point. Research was funded. Life-saving treatments were discovered and huge awareness campaigns for prevention were launched. Thank God. Wonderful, amazing things have been accomplished on behalf of AIDS victims. Now, let's see what can be done for pediatric cancer:
- There are 15 children diagnosed with cancer for every one child diagnosed with pediatric AIDS. Yet, the U.S. invests approximately $595,000 for research per victim of pediatric AIDS and only $20,000 for each victim of childhood cancer.
Ty went through hell. This was just before his 20th surgery. His last surgery. He is scared, swollen, sad and hurting... but he is also smiling and his hair never looked better. Ty Campbell was extraordinary. His spirit is everywhere. I can only believe that he is being greatly rewarded in heaven for being the brave little soul that he was here on earth.
Everyone asks me how I'm doing. I'm okay, but I'm infinitely sad. I feel bad because I just don't have the same passion for life. I have a lazy attitude because every single one of us will die soon enough. What's it all for? The only two things that keep me from falling into a black hole are Gavin and Ty. I am devoted to letting Gavin have fun. I give him so much love he can't breathe sometimes :) He is my lifeline. And for Ty, I do this. I continue to share his story in the hopes that it will eventually be heard by millions who will help me make a difference just like each and every one of you already have. I work on building an amazing foundation in his honor. I look forward to sharing our progress with you every step of the way, and working with you all to make these dreams come true in honor of the best good boy in the whole wide world.
I love you, Ty. Today was a tough day for your Daddy. Please wrap him in the embrace of your spirit tonight :) So he can feel your warmth and taste your breath while he sleeps.