This is Michael. Today is Friday, and I am traveling back to Florida after a week in Scotland, hosting our Cannonball Kids' cancer Golf Tournament and meeting with Scottish supporters for our efforts in the UK (and a few rounds of golf).
Last Saturday, 100 golfers and many volunteers came to DunDonald Links in Irvine for the 3rd Annual Cannonball Golf Day. There are so many to thank, but especially Guy Redford and Annabel Gray (Cannon's Gran) for working tirelessly and for the past several months to put on our annual event in the UK. The weather was great, and we raised over $20,000 for the day. We told everyone there, and throughout the week, that CKc is a worldwide-focused organization, simply because cancer hits children everywhere and we have no intention of focusing our efforts only in the US simply because we live there.
Childhood cancer Fact of the Day: Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every 3 minutes. Cancer in children does not discriminate: Childhood cancer occurs regularly, randomly, and spares no ethnic group, socioeconomic class or geographic region. SOURCE: http://www.ccfoa.org/
Yesterday, I met with two children's health advocates at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow. The picture above is me with Shona Cardle and Kirsten Sinclair from Yorkhill Children's Charity. We discussed UK childhood cancer statistics compared to those in the UK and worldwide: 10,000 children annually treating for all forms of pediatric cancer in the UK, and sadly, 4 familes a day burying their child, lost unjustly to cancer --- and just in the UK! Why? Why? Answer: Lack of research to develop early detection methods and therapies designed specifically for children and specifically for each of the 12 major types of cancer diagnosed in children.
We discussed our desire to fund research and clinical trials in the UK and our plan over the next year to issue a grant in both the UK and the US.
Thank you to all in Scotland who came out to DunDonald to support Cannonball Kids' cancer Foundation and to all those that support our efforts and help raise awareness across the world.
Go Gold in September. Please help Melissa and me make the general public aware. Doing so will increase funds to charitable foundations. Increase in funds to charitable funds means more and broader research into why children's cancer occurs and trying to find a cause, and in the interim, less painful and more effective treatments so that kids currently suffering from cancer have a better chance to live to be an adult. This can be done. Please... in honor of all the children lost to cancer every single day and to honor the pain suffered in the hearts of families who have lost a child, a sibling, a niece or nephew, grandchild or godchild to cancer... help us make people aware that cancer strikes children and we need help to fund more research to bring an end to it.
If you feel led, please consider donating to Cannonball Kids' cancer. Our secure link can be found here: