This is Michael. This morning I traveled back from Pennsylvania after visiting family and attending yesterday's Cannonball Kids' cancer events in the Reading, PA area. Last night, I met so many terrific and kind people, all coming out to support our efforts to raise awareness to the lack of funding for research for childhood cancers and to help us make a research grant in this year to start us on a path to help change the fact that so little goes to pediatric cancer research compared to that of adult cancers. Thank you, Jessica Tait, and all of the people in the Reading area and at the Kenhorst Fire Company for hosting us and making a difference.
Children's cancer Awareness Fact of the Day:
Each child in the U.S. diagnosed with cancer receives approximately 1/6 of the federal research support allocated to each patient afflicted with AIDS.
What this means, of course, is that one adult disease alone receives 6 times the amount of federal tax money research support than all children's cancers combined. Of course, AIDS is funded so that the research helps both adults and children who suffer from AIDS are helped by the research efforts. But, and this is one big "BUT", we have learned and have stated as fact before that kids’ cancer kills more children than AIDS, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies COMBINED.
Where is justice, where is right, where is logic, where is morality, where is human ethics in funding one primarily adult disease six times more than the 12 types of children's cancer that we know results in pain, suffering and death to our children??
We have stated it before, and will state it again so that no one misunderstands. By stating this statistical fact, no one argues that one disease should be less funded. Rather, it points out that research funding of children's cancer must be increased, and the way to do that is to raise the temperature of the general public so that it can shout with outrage that the number is unacceptable for our children and the future generation (and, I might add, a civilized country and what should be an embarrassment to modern medicine). Awareness is always necessary to do this, whether it is September or not. Thank you all for helping Melissa and me in this effort.
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.