Off to School and We Remember
This is Michael. Today is Thursday and Cannon is off to his preschool with his brothers. I wish I could describe the joy I feel in my heart as I type that sentence and think about him being able to walk into the school and sit with the other children. Every time I think about what he endured in treatment for stage 4 neuroblastoma, and all the hospitals (6 in all) that we took him to where he painfully treated, I well up with pride because he has become my hero. I do admit, however, that there is always some sadness that comes with these thoughts. Sadness because we are never sure that cancer will stay away from Cannon. Sadness because we know the lack of better treatments has caused him hearing loss, toxicity and likely health issues for life. Sadness because we know so many others, too many, that have been unjustly lost and aren't in a school room this morning. cancer in children is unjust. And it is unnecessary.
We also take a moment today to remember all those lost, and all the families of those lost, during the attack on our country thirteen years ago on 11 September, 2001. May all their souls be taken to heaven.
Childrens' cancer Awareness Fact of the Day: The average age of an adult when diagnosed with cancer is 67 and the average numbers of years lost to an adult who dies of cancer is 15; but the average age of diagnosis of a child with cancer is 6 and the number of years of life lost to cancer for a child that dies is 71. This is why Dr. Eugenie Kleinerman, head of the division of Pediatric Oncology at Children's Cancer Hospital at MD Anderson Cancer Center stated that “curing childhood cancer is the equivalent of curing breast cancer in terms of productive life years saved.” When children die of cancer they are robbed of growing up, marrying, having children of their own, creating something beautiful the world has never seen, or even discovering a cure for cancer.
Dr. Kleinerman is an advocate for kids' cancer awareness. See more of Dr. Kleinerman in this short video from May of this year that was a new piece for a Houston TV station:
We have heard from many that projects and presentations are being done for children's cancer or for Cannon specifically. Today I am on my way to Pennsylvania for a work matter, but over the weekend I will visit family and attend an event near Wyomissing/Reading, PA that is being put on for Cannon's foundation. (Thank you Jessica Tait, a follower of Cannon who has worked tirelessly to put on a craft fair and evening dance with raffles, auction, etc.--- an amazing effort for kids with cancer.) No matter how small the audience, you can make a difference. You can and have! Don't stop, don't give up and believe that it can be done. Tough task? You bet. Hard job? Yes. Cure cancer in children? Really? Yes. It can be done. Just because it's difficult and no one has ever done it doesn't mean it is unattainable. Keep fighting. Be Aware (Action)/Donate/Pray. It can be done. No reward worth having is gained easily. Do it for for the children, for our future generation, and most of all, in honor of all the babies, infants, kids and teenagers lost to cancer unnecessarily and unjustly, and, as the fact states above, never having the opportunity and being robbed of "growing up, marrying, having children of their own or creating something beautiful the world has never seen."
Stand up for children with cancer. Stand up!
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Saint Peregrine, JoeJoe, Eddie, Nicholas, Bella, Talia, Cole, Erin, Gabriella, Tommy, Addison, Abigail, Christopher, Jayson, Landon, Salvatore, Zoe, Brooke, Laney and all the angels and saints, please pray for Cannon, Patrick, Ethan, Princeton, Ava, Sabrina, Sophia, Sophie, Andy, Calin, Parker, Ayven, Sebastian, Ellen, Ella, Austin, Braden, Nora, Nate, Theo, Maggie, Jacob, Gage, Jace, Makayla, Angel and all those who suffer from cancer.