I've talked in this column before about my inability to get pregnant, no matter what kind of a slut I was in my life. (It's a joke, ok?)
Instead of wallowing in pity at my childless state, I chose to love, extra-hard, those who surrounded me...vowing, in the process, to be a great pet parent, a nurturer of nieces and nephews and friends and family, and a passionate advocate for children and the causes I believe in.
Three years ago, my friend and fellow blogger Sheila Quirke (aka, Mary Tyler Mom) introduced me to her daughter, Donna.
But this wasn't a physical meeting. Donna had died of pediatric cancer just over a year or so before. But in reading Sheila's blogs, I got to know the blonde, feisty, intelligent child I wished I had met in life. I wanted to have her over for a playdate.
At the time I met Sheila, she and her husband Jeremy were putting together ways to keep Donna's memory alive. They established Donna's Good Things as an ongoing celebration of Donna's legacy of love and hope.
Today, February 25, is Donna Day.
All lives are precious and need to be celebrated. Donna lived so others could understand what childhood cancer was, and to do something about it.
Without Donna, and Donna Day, I would never have known any of the following. According to the St. Baldrick's Foundation:
- Cancer kills more children in the U.S. than any other disease...more than the combination of most other childhood diseases.
- An estimated 1 in 300 boys and 1 in 333 girls will be diagnosed with cancer before they turn 20.
- Worldwide, a child is diagnosed every 3 minutes.
- About 60% of all funding for drug development in adult cancers comes from pharmaceutical companies.
- For kids?Almost none, because childhood cancer drugs are not profitable.
Now, here's what you can do in Donna's honor:
1. DONATE to the Donna's Good Things shave event for St. Baldrick's by clicking on the green "donate" button.
2. SHAVE your head at our event on March 29 in Chicago by clicking on the blue "join us" button.
3. BUY a St. Baldrick's Super Hero t-shirt (just $14.99) for the kid or woman in your life who is your hero by clicking here. All proceeds between now and February 28 will be credited to the Donna's Good Things campaign.
Who's with me? The life you save may be that of your own child.
Thank you, Donna! And thank you, Sheila.
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