We Want Change
This is Michael. Cannon continues to improve and feel a bit better, and it is great to see him smile again and want to get on the floor and “wrestle”. I wish I could adequately describe the joy that being able to play on the floor with Cannon brings me, and I often think of all the days he layed on a hospital bed or in a hospital crib, listless, pale, bald head, sunken eyes and so ill that his eyes cried out for me to take him out of the hospital and make him feel better. Melissa and I often commented during those times, “I feel like picking him up and running a 1000 miles away….”. Cannon wasn’t alone in this; the oncology floors of children’s hospitals across the country are filled with kids suffering the same way, all because the treatments for children with cancer have largely not been improved to increase effectiveness, to decrease the pain or misery of their effect, or in any way get closer to a cure. This, of course, is largely due to the lack of research and clinical trials for children’s cancers. So, when I see Cannon and he wants to play or wrestle on the ground, I hope that I will always take the opportunity and see it as a gift... kids with cancer want to play just like all other children, but sadly the medical world and our leaders choose to overlook and/or ignore them. We want to change that.
Childhood cancer Awareness (Action) Fact of the Day: Survival rates stagnate for decades in some childhood cancers. There have been steady declines in death rates for the more common adult cancers. For breast, prostate and colorectal cancers, these have been continuing for 20-plus years. Not so for kids with many types of cancer. For example: Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), the third most common pediatric brain tumor with an average survival of nine months, has the same bleak prognosis as when the disease was first identified decades ago. Ewing sarcoma, a bone cancer, has a five-year survival rate that has remained the same since 1983 (31 years ago) in older teens... around 50 to 55 percent. Rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft tissue cancer, has a five-year survival rate that has changed little since 1979 (35 years ago)... 40 to 50 percent in older teens and around 65 to 75 percent for the under-15s.
Source: National Cancer Institute (NCI) www.seer.cancer.gov
EVERY 3 minutes in this world we live in, a child is diagnosed with cancer. And not a person on the planet knows what will have caused it for each and every child--- every 3 minutes. Not acceptable.
Please help Melissa and me and all the families in this fight stop this. Raise awareness, tell your government at local, state and federal levels to take up something really worthwhile and help us fight childhood cancer.
For Cannon and all the kids who fight every day, stand up for children with cancer and Go Gold in September. Stand up for kids. STAND UP. www.cannonballkidscancer.org