Have you met Donna?
Donna is fellow CN blogger Mary Tyler Mom's daughter.
She was diagnosed with a brain tumor at 20 months old and died shortly after turning four.
She was a beautiful little girl - inside and out - who liked to dance and whose favorite color was black.
I know this because I've read Donna's Cancer Story.
Donna's Cancer Story is a blog series of 32 posts telling Donna's individual story with cancer during her 31 months of treatment. Please read it. Yes, it will make you cry and it will break your heart, but you will not regret spending time with Donna and getting to know her through her mother's beautifully written series. Trust me. Go, meet Donna.
Donna's Good Things
After Donna died, Donna's Good Things was formed.
As it states on Donna's Good Things' website, "We believe that the best way to honor and remember a person who has died is to do good works in their name."
And, that's what they do and have been doing, all in Donna's name. And that's what they are doing today, the 3rd annual Donna Day.
Did you know ... ?
Worldwide, a child is diagnosed every 3 minutes.
More children are lost to cancer in the U.S. than any other disease—in fact, more than many other childhood diseases combined.
Before they turn 20, about 1 in 300 boys and 1 in 333 girls will have cancer.
Sure, statistics can be sobering. I like questions. Questions are more powerful than statistics. Here's a question: Do you love anyone under the age 18?
So, what can be done?
which begins with money for research.
which translates to a cure.
That's what can be done. That's what children with cancer need and what all children need to prevent a diagnosis.
St. Baldrick's puts their money where their
mouths bald heads are ... toward research!
From their website, "At the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, we do one thing, and we do it well: We fund childhood cancer research."
And now, for the main event ...
Donna's Good Things is raising money for their very own St. Baldrick's head shaving event on Saturday, March 29th.
Want to shave your head or support others going bald for a good cause? Sign up HERE.
Want to donate money to pediatric cancer research so that no one ever has to shave their head again (... although bald is beautiful. You should meet my husband)
or, more importantly, so that no child ever has to be diagnosed with this disease ... ever again?
You can donate right HERE or buy a t-shirt HERE. No amount of money or t-shirt size is too small (you know what I mean).
Every single cent is appreciated and is put to good use. Very good use.
On a personal note, my husband had cancer (Hodgkins, age 21)
and, in the spirit of this blog, today, I am grateful ~
1/ that he survived
2/ and married me
3/ and is the cutest baldy I know.
Bald is beautiful!
Cancer is not.
Here is the page again where you can donate. Thank you.