In October 2009, my friend and fellow blogger, Sheila aka Mary Tyler Mom (MTM) lost her champion daughter, Donna to childhood cancer. It’s a fear that most parents carry in the darkest parts of their stomachs, and a reality for all too many. The fortitude exhibited by caretakers is so incredibly humbling as is the strength and grace displayed by these tiny humans.
Now for the terribly depressing statistics. "Each year approximately 13,500 children are diagnosed with cancer in the US, that’s more than a classroom of kids a day," reports the National Cancer Institute.
According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization's’ Childhood and Adolescent Cancer Statistics, 2014:
Cancer is still the second leading cause of death (following accidents) in children aged 5 to 14 years. Depending on the type of cancer and treatment received, patients who survive five years may remain at risk of recurrence or progression of their primary cancer and be at an increased risk of developing subsequent malignant neoplasms, chronic diseases, and functional impairments.
While this battle may seem overwhelming, there is something very real we can all do. Now in its third year, Donna Day (March 29) is a celebration of sweet Donna Quirke Hornik’s short time on earth and a fundraiser to fight pediatric cancer. In only two years, Donna Day has raised $195K through generous donations from individuals dedicated to ending pediatric cancer.
How can you help?
1. Join Donna's Good Things (a qualified 501(c)3) this year by donating to St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which funds more childhood cancer research than any other U.S. organization. The annual Donna Day Shave Event is hosted at the Candlelite Chicago. You can contribute directly by clicking here.
3. Send your greenbacks to baby Jax who will be getting his first haircut at the fundraiser. Check out Jax's website and and donate here. Come back to see his sweet little buzzed head on March 30.
4. Share any Donna Day tweet, post, Facebook update with your social circle to help increase awareness.
Team up against pediatric cancer and help fund research to fight this bastard of a disease. Every donation, no matter the amount, counts.
If you are able to attend the fundraiser, let me know so I can thank you personally for your support!
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