Erin Miller earns her wings
This is Michael. Today is Thursday, and Melissa, Cannon and I are still in the UK and enjoying the days with Melissa's family and the fresh breeze of the days of Scotland. Later today we will celebrate Cannon's 3rd birthday Scottish style. Last year, Cannon "celebrated" his 2nd birthday in the ICU at Memorial Sloan Kettering following his 13 hour tumor resection surgery by Dr. LaQuaglia, an amazingly talented man who, along with his staff and many others along the way, have given me my son in Scotland for his 3rd birthday party today. Melissa and I have not missed this point and it's why we continue to say "Thankful for the fight". Thank you to all who have treated or attended to Cannon along this journey.
We continue the daily post during Awareness Month. Why? Why do we push so hard and advocate so strongly? It is for reasons like hearing yesterday that Erin Griffin, a 14 year-old girl with Scottish roots living in Australia and for so many the face of childhood cancer, was lost on September 1st. We have talked about Erin before, her strength and the fact she grew up in Scotland on the Ayrshire coast as did Melissa. Erin died of DIPG, an incurable brain cancer--- incurable because not enough research funding has been allocated to find effective treatments and a cure for this wicked bastard disease that strikes our children. Here is the post from TheTruth365 announcing yet another tragedy:
"This is Mike from The Truth 365. The Griffin family asked me to post this update. It is with profound sadness that we share the passing of 14-year-old Erin Griffin. She died at 12:30 a.m. on September 1, less than an hour after Childhood Cancer Awareness Month began in Australia. Her mom Amanda says she knew that Erin was holding on until September 1 because her mission in life was to spread international awareness of childhood cancer.
Amanda said that Erin died peacefully with her family by her side. Her tumor will go to DIPG research in Sydney. She also said, "I know she will be safe and reunited with Gabriella and Julianna."
Here is a video of Erin. You go high on that mountain, girl. Although we have never met you, we loved you and all the kids who suffered with you and were lost, and all today who suffer from cancer.
Help us Stop this madness. cancer in children is wrong. It is unjust. And it is unnecessary.
Childhood cancer Awareness Fact of the Day: Today, 4 children (some estimates are up to 7) will die because of cancer or secondary cancers caused by the harsh treatments for the initial diagnosis. 4 kids were lost yesterday, 4 today will pass, and 4 more tomorrow and every day in this month and next and the one after that. Devastating losses, each and every one of them. Unnecessary. Every morning when I wake, I now can't help but think of the parents who also are waking, but will from that moment be dressing and getting ready to step out the door to attend the funeral and bury their child. That is so wrong. The average age of a child who dies from cancer is 8. I say it again: age 8.
For ALL the parents who have lived this personal hell, have lost a child unjustly to childrens' cancer or are battling every day not to, please help raise awareness, please donate blood, please donate time, money and effort to fund childrens' cancer research so that someday, someday.... cancer in children will NEVER exist.
Please take 3 minutes to watch this video entitled "Heroes for a Cure" produced by one of children's cancer's best corporate advocates, Northwestern Mutual:
Heroes for a Cure