This photo is of beautiful Donna, and today is her day. It's the 5th Annual "Donna Day", a day honoring the daughter of my friend and fellow ChicagoNow blogger Sheila Quirke. Sheila and her husband lost sweet Donna to childhood cancer in 2009, and you can learn more about their story here.
I am always honored to write about Donna; a brave, bright, sweet and clever little girl. I want to do whatever I can to help fight the awful disease of cancer. I want to take action towards ending childhood cancer.
Here are some very startling facts about childhood cancer, from St. Baldrick's:
- More US children will die from cancer than any other disease- the number is actually more than many other diseases combined;
- Before they turn 20, about 1 in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer;
- Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes.
Pediatric cancer research in this country is severely underfunded, yet extremely important! How do we take action towards this? How can YOU help? By attending the Donna's Good Things event coming up in March! It will be held at Candelite Chicago on Mar. 19 from 2-4pm; see the rest of the details here.
If you're unable to make the event and still want to help take action, you can donate! For further information on how to contribute, please click here.
Let's choose action and let's choose hope on this Donna Day 2016!
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