Donna Day: A time to raise awareness and money for childhood cancer research

Donna Day: A time to raise awareness and money for childhood cancer research

If you are looking for Tech Tuesday, this week it will be Tech Thursday, because today is a special day in the ChicagoNow family and beyond. It is Donna Day.  Mary Tyler Mom is Donna’ mom.  Donna died from childhood cancer in 2009, at age 4

Donna’s family started Donna’s Good Things in her memory. Donna’s Good Things works to provide joyful opportunities for children facing adversity and also raises funds for pediatric cancer research, including holding an annual fundraiser for St. Baldricks, which funds research in hopes that one day no child will have to fight cancer. You can donate here.

Why St. Baldrick’s?

Because it is a volunteer-driven charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government.

And why childhood cancer research?

Because adolescents and young adults with cancer are often treated as adults. If they instead received childhood cancer treatments, more would live. St. Baldrick’s estimates that the survival rate would increase 30%.

Because more US children will die from cancer than any other disease, or many other diseases combined.

Because before the age of 20, 1 in 300 boys and 1 in 333 girls will be diagnosed with cancer.

Because worldwide, a child is diagnosed every three minutes

Because more research hopefully brings more answers, and fewer deaths.

Why Donna?

I know you may not know Donna, and I was not fortunate enough to know her during her four years here, but I’ve been lucky enough to meet her through her mom. You can also meet Donna through her amazing parents, either through Marty Tyler Mom’s  series here, or in in the video below. Warning, dear readers, to have your tissues ready. It’s a heartbreaker. It’s a reason to hug your kids a little tighter. It’s a reason to choose hope, as Donna’s family has. It’s a reason to take action and work for the day no child and no family will have to fight childhood cancer. Two ways to do this are by raising awareness and raising money. You can do the latter by donating here.

You can read the other ChicagoNow Donna Day posts here:

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