It is Donna Day: Please do not look away

It is Donna Day: Please do not look away

I'm glad you did not look away.

This is Donna.

I've written about Donna before.  Donna is a beautiful four year old who died of cancer.  Her mom and dad live every day without Donna.  They wonder how tall she would be now and how she would interact with her two baby brothers, one who she never got a chance to meet.

Some days I'm frustrated by how my multiple sclerosis limits me and I'm reminded of Donna.  She let nothing limit her.  Despite her diagnosis she continued to go to school, dance class and she smiled.

 

Donna smiling.

Donna smiling.

Because of Donna I smile every day.

Life throws us all challenges, but despite the negative Donna reminds me of all the good stuff in the life we are given.

Did you know more children are lost to cancer in the U.S. than any other disease—in fact, more than many other childhood diseases combined?

Can I share another startling fact? Before they turn 20, about 1 in 300 boys and 1 in 333 girls will have cancer.

One more: Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every 3 minutes.

That should be reason enough to donate now. Nobody should lose their child this way.

Today is The Third Annual Donna Day.   This is how you can help St. Baldrick's, pediatric cancer and remember Donna.

1) Go to the Donna's Good Things event for St. Baldrick's on 3.29.14 in Chicago.

2. Buy these super cool t-shirts St. Baldrick's sells the sale of which (from 2/20 - 2/28) will 100% be credited to the Donna Day campaign for St Baldricks.

3.  Please consider donating by clicking here.

Don't look away.

Donna not smiling October 2007 during the stem cell harvest, which would make her December 2007 stem cell transplant possible. She had the type of transplant where her own stem cells were used.

Donna not smiling October 2007 during the stem cell harvest, which would make her December 2007 stem cell transplant possible. She had the type of transplant where her own stem cells were used.

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