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Friday, September 26, 2008

So What Are You Doing This Weekend?

I wanted to write about two event going on this weekend. It has been posted on a few sites and I want to do my part to spread the word.

If you like hockey and like to give money to a great cause...than there is going to be a USF hockey game on Saturday at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum at 7:30pm. 4 Children are benefiting from this game:

Brooke Martin ( Brooke's leukemia came back and is getting ready for a bone marrow transplant.

Connor Hernandez ( Connor's leukemia came back and is currently on chemo. He has had a few complications but is doing well.

Also Maddie Bridges and Sophie Parris. If you cannot go but would still like to make a donation to bless these kids please do so through the Children's Cancer Center (

A very good friend of mine and someone who has been a great support to me when Sierra passed away. We were also one of the recipient families that were blessed with gift cards for a year through her foundation ( will be at the Books A Million at the Brandon Town Center for a book signing. Sherry wrote a book called "Unfinished Love" ( It is an awesome book by an awesome woman who I am honored to know.

I received an email from Sherry with a prayer request and ask that you all join me tonight whereever you are and pray for a little boy. Here is what Sherry wrote:

Please join this prayer vigil... everyone at 10PM tonight (26) light a candle, and take a moment to ask God this prayer: Bring your healing grace to Harris, and give him strength in body and spirit. Hold Harris close to your heart, and keep his family warm in your light. Bring them your guidance, and keep them strong in Your unity and their love. We ask You to alleviate any pain Harris may have, and help his body to fight this invasion. Bring wisdom and guide Jan and Jeff to the answers you mean for them to have.

September is almost over and not a peep from the media. No one speaks about this being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. No one. Why? How many more diagnosis? How many more deaths? When will it get the awareness it needs? Here are the fact:

*Each school day, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer.

*On the average 12,500 children and teens will be diagnosed with some form of cancer each year in this country.

*One in 330 children will develop cancer by age 20.

*Although the 5 year survival rate is steadily increasing, one quarter of children will die 5 years from the time of diagnosis.

*Cancer remains the #1 disease killer of America's children - more than Cystic Fibrosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Asthma and AIDS combined.

*In the U.S. almost 3,000 children do not survive cancer each year.

*Over the past two decades, only ONE new cancer drug has been approved for pediatric use.

*Currently there are between 30-40,000 children undergoing cancer treatment in the U.S.

*As a nation, we spend over $14 BILLION per year on the space program, but only $35 MILLION on Childhood Cancer Research each year.

*There are 15 children diagnosed with cancer for every one child diagnosed with pediatric AIDS. Yet, the U.S. invests approximiately $595,000 for research per victim of pediatric AIDS and only $20,000 for each victim of childhood cancer.

*Research funds are scarce as most money is diverted to well-publicized adult forms of cancer, such as breast and prostate.

*Right now, this second, somewhere in America, there are 7 children fighting for their lives who won't live through the day.

It needs awareness now. I see the pink ribbons for Breast Cancer Awareness Month already in the stores (October is National Breast Cancer Awarness Month). I am happy for that but want the same for the kids. Help us to get the word out. Help our kids. Do it for the kids they need us.

Make my little girl proud!!!
Very Important:
Please go to this link. An article with pictures was written in the Boston Globe (thanks to AJ's dad). It is about childhood cancer. Please, leave a comment so that the media can see how many people are affected by this monster. I know there are people who follow this site because of Sierra's story, so if you are not affected personally, do it for Sierra, for all these warriors. Let them know these kids need a cure... now.
Thanks so much!!!


Anissa Mayhew said...

The USF fundraiser went well, but smaller crowd than was expected because of a conflicting football game. They were excited to meet some of the families and to see where their hard work was going. It was awesome. We missed you there.

Keep up all the hard work, you know I'm right there behind you.


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