86,400 Seconds

Written by Michael Wiggins

This is Michael. Today begins the last week of September, and earlier this morning, I received my usual couple emails from friends and colleagues about the weekend football games, the passing of our Orlando legend Arnold Palmer, or other small items. One email was particularly spot on for Cannonball Kids’ cancer Foundation and everyone who advocates for kids diagnosed with cancer.

Here it is:

1. Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life.

2. And when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is not credited to us.

3. What we haven't used up that day is forever lost.

4. Yesterday is forever gone.

5. Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time WITHOUT WARNING. So, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?

Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars. Think about it and remember to enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think. So take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply and enjoy life! Here's wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day. Start spending...

"DON'T COMPLAIN ABOUT GROWING OLD. SOME PEOPLE DON'T GET THE PRIVILEGE!!"

I know that I have given this fact out many times before, but it is worth stating over and over again until cancer in children is no more: The average age of a child that dies after being diagnosed with cancer is EIGHT YEARS OLD. Eight… Eight. Wrong. Unjust. And unnecessary.

Children that die every day from cancer are not dying in short time periods after diagnosis. They go many months and some many years before they pass, and what does this mean? It means that they spent most of their lives in horrible treatment, or feeling ill, or being in hospitals, or being away from their siblings, their homes and their friends at school… all just to try to live to be a normal kid. And what is so frustrating for us as advocates for research to stop this madness is the fact that most still don’t appreciate that most kids that die with a cancer diagnosis aren’t dying from the cancer, they are dying from the TREATMENT. The methods and types of treatment for kids with all 12 major types of children’s cancer are old and antiquated, developed for adult forms of cancer and for far too many, not effective or so harsh that they literally kill the child. This past weekend, a highly respected oncologist from Memorial Sloan Kettering told Melissa and me that most adults would not survive the onslaught of barbaric treatment that kids with cancer are forced to endure because methods of treatment designed specifically for children are not yet available. I ask you to re-read that sentence and think about what he said. Cannonball Kids’ cancer Foundation is dedicated to funding research for less painful therapies for children’s cancers, more effective treatments and especially the development of therapies specifically designed for children, and ultimately a cure and an end to cancer in children. If you would like to help, please visit our website at www.cannonballkidscancer.org.

Thank you.