When people ask why I blog friends like Sheila Quirke come to mind.
I first met Sheila through the ChicagoNow community. Sheila writes primarily about childhood cancer on her blog, Mary Tyler Mom in tribute to her daughter Donna who died in 2009 at the age of 4. Sheila and her family established Donna's Good Things as an ongoing celebration of Donna's legacy of love and hope.
Sheila is also active in St. Baldrick's, a foundation that since 1999 has granted a staggering $100 million to researchers trying to find a cure for pediatric cancer.
Funding for pediatric cancer is poor despite the fact that more U.S. children die from cancer than any other disease. Did you know:
- Before the age of 20, 1 in 300 boys and 1 in 333 girls will be diagnosed with cancer.
- A child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes.
- Most childhood cancers e.g., brain tumors have a 50/50 cure rate, and some, like DIPG, are known to be fatal with no known treatment or cure.
- 73% of kids who survive their cancer will have chronic health problems as a result of their treatment and 42% will suffer severe or life-threatening conditions like secondary cancers.
There's not a day in my life I don't give thanks for my many blessings, especially my four children. The stories of children like Donna are both heartbreaking and inspiring. With your help research toward a cure is possible.
We stand with Donna and hope you will also by supporting Donna's Good Things March 29th at Candlelite Chicago .
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