March 10 was Donna Day.
Donna Quirke Hornik was a beautiful, bright light who lost her battle with pediatric cancer when she was only four but, during her short time on earth, she made a lasting and loving impact on everyone she touched. (Read her story here). Her mom, Sheila Quirke Hornik, is a fellow Chicago Now blogger--her blog, Mary Tyler Mom, is a must-read. She writes from the heart about experiences that make you cry, make you laugh and create awareness.
In her daughter's memory, Donna's Good Things (a campaign for St. Baldrick's) was established by a group of Donna's friends/followers in Illinois. They were joined by others from across the country, all who came together to shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer, raising much needed funds for childhood cancer research. The next event, Donna's Good Things at Candlelite Chicago, will take place on March 30 at 7452 N. Western at 2 pm.
Recently, I attended the Bear Tie Ball that benefits Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Founder Kathleen Casey lost her son, Barrett "Bear" Krupa at age 8 to a rare kidney cancer. His mother said he always "expressed more concern for other patients than he did for himself." Kathleen shared this sobering fact. "Shamefully, out of all the federal funds allocated for cancer research, only 4% will fund childhood cancers."
On this night, Father Paul White offered a prayer.....
"We are all here tonight to remind these children and their families that they are in no way in this alone. We pray for the moms who pray to you God at night when they're not sleeping, to the dads who work hard so they can have their insurance and to the grandparents who wish they could switch places with their grandchildren."
Amen Father White. Every three minutes a child is lost to pediatric cancer. God bless them all.
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