As you may or may not know, September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. And like the name suggests, it is a month to raise awareness about childhood cancers. In my life, I have seen first hand the ravaging effects of this horrible disease, which does not discriminate between race, gender, wealth or even age. I have very good friends who have been forced to deal with what no one should EVER have to deal with – their child being diagnosed with cancer.
Thankfully, nearly all of my friends’ babies have beaten the odds (or continue to fight). However, I have also seen mothers lose their children to it, and it has broken my heart.
Every day in the U.S., 46 children are diagnosed with cancer and 7 children die from it. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
And while October is known for pink ribbons everywhere in the name of breast cancer awareness, September is often overlooked in bringing attention to the children who are suffering. The Choose Hope webpage offers a list of the colors associated with various cancers, and Childhood Cancer is depicted by a GOLD ribbon.
As part of Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, there is a new challenge going out. In the same vein as the Ice Bucket Challenge that gained so much support and awareness for ALS, the 46/7 #whippingchildhoodcancer challenge asks us to take a video of ourselves getting a Whipped Cream Pie in the Face and to challenge 7 friends to do the same within 46 hours. I was challenged by my friend, Rose, whose beautiful little girl has faced and beaten childhood cancer, herself. I was only too happy to accept.
And while I have nominated 7 people already AND donated money to a very worthy cancer charity (you can find a list of them here), I want to extend the invite to all of you. If you are reading this, please consider yourself tagged. If you have the money, DONATE. If you have the time and ability, take the pie in the face. If nothing else, please share this post and video with your friends and ask THEM to donate.
Our children are precious and every one of them deserves a long, healthy and happy life.