Stamping Out Childhood Cancer

September means back to school, but some kids

aren’t getting on the school bus. Among

them are bald-headed children in hospital rooms

with chemo running into their veins, kids with

dreams and hopes of becoming vets, artists,

mechanics, and astronauts.

I’m not sure what my son Daniel wanted to be,

but I do remember his desire to get his hair back.

He fussed one day that people made fun of

him. I didn’t ever hear anyone, but I’m

sure many looked at him and turned away.

He didn’t see the compassion or pity in

their eyes. He just saw his reflection in

the mirror and even at age three and four

missed his full head of soft blond hair.

Some days when I see his hair-less photos

I want to turn away. But he’d tell me to

fight. If he had lived through the eight months of

chemo and radiation for neuroblastoma, that’s what

he’d tell me.

As a nation we need to look. We must

take our head out of the sand and believe truth—

kids do get cancer, children of all ages, and of all

ethnic groups. One out of every 330 children

in the USA will get some form of cancer before

age 20.

While advances have been made in childhood

cancer research, there are still so many miles to go.

A petition for a childhood cancer stamp has been

in the works for over two years and yet isn’t receiving

enough attention. There is no stamp to commemorate

the fight against this number one killer disease

among children and to make us aware of the young

innocent victims who need a voice in our society.

It’s time to bring these children and this disease out

into the open.

Visit this web site to learn more about the cancer stamp

and action you can take to help:

[http://www.kidscancerstamp.org/]

Source by Alice Wisler

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