This is Michael. Today is Giving Tuesday and my first post since Childhood cancer Awareness Month. I want to post today to talk about Giving Tuesday, and why it is important to Cannonball Kids' cancer Foundation, what it means and how you as a follower of CKc, Cannon or supporter of cancer research for children can make a difference.
Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.
#GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners— nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals—to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness.
This past week, I got a message on my laptop from Microsoft that I could update to Windows 10. I downloaded the update. When it was complete, I noticed that all of the pictures in my photo album had been rearranged in a different format, and I was able to look through old cellphone photo downloads to my laptop and downloads from Melissa's past cellphones to my laptop. I came across the photos we both took on our cellphones when we took Cannon to New York in August, 2013 for surgery and removal of his neuroblastoma tumor at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital. I scrolled through these photos, and saw Cannon with his bald head and weakened. Some of them were of us playing the day before his surgery in Central Park, and I remember that day wondering if this was the last day I was ever going to be able to play with my son. Two of them were pictures of Cannon and Melissa praying at St. Patrick's Cathedral, praying that God would protect our son the next day and somehow get him through the surgery that we were told in advance was a "10 out of 10" in terms of complexity, and that there was no guarantee that Cannon would make it through and survive the surgery.
Several photos were of the morning of the surgery, and of me and Cannon in the waiting area at 6:30am, watching YouTube videos on a computer there of trains that he loved to watch. I remember holding him while we watched, and I felt nearly numb because I knew I was about to hand him over to the surgery team and might never see him alive again.
Thirteen hours later at 9pm that evening, Dr. LaQuaglia came out from surgery and said that he believed that he got all of Cannon's tumor out and that Cannon was on ventilator life support and would survive the surgery. The next month in Manhattan was so hard for us, but even harder for our Cannon just fighting to live. Little did we know then that the experience of that day was just the beginning of the Hell and the suffering that Cannon went through to be in the place he is today. And he is one of the "Lucky" ones... he is still with us, while so many others we have known along the way with exactly the same experiences are now unjustly in Heaven.
Why do I tell this story? Because we started and founded Cannonball Kids' cancer Foundation to fund research to bring to children with cancer less painful treatments, more effective treatments, treatments designed specifically for children (and not adult forms of cancer dosed down for a child), and ultimately, a cure for all 12 types of children's cancers. Research funding is the answer to these issues. Waiting on state and federal governments and the National Institute of Health to fund a cure for children's cancer is near folly. The effective treatments and those designed specifically for children will likely come as a result of private charitable giving.
Would you consider a donation to CKc on #GivingTuesday? Help us fund additional research to stop the madness of parents being told that their child has cancer and that there are no treatments specifically designed for that form of cancer. Stop the madness of children being diagnosed with several forms of pediatric cancer that have ZERO survival rate. And stop the moral wrong of parents having to bury their child because far more money is spent trying to treat adult forms of cancer than that of children. On #GivingTuesday and this year-end holiday season, help us by making a donation to CKc. Honor all those parents who have unjustly lost their child to cancer and especially those angels who suffered so greatly at the hands of a medical research community that has nearly turned its back on the issue of why cancer occurs in children.
cancer in children is wrong. It is unjust. It is unnecessary.
Cannonball Kids' cancer Foundation is going to change that.
I've included the donation link below. Thank you.