From one parent to every volunteer:
We tell them to be brave, even when they are facing what we know will be painful procedures, horrific treatments. We distract them with sticker charts, stuffed animals, promises of the trips of their dreams. We try to take them out of their hospital beds via their imaginations, reading story upon story of faraway places and playing video games to expert levels. We do our best to stay positive, shielding our children from a war that is not raging around, but inside of them.
Meanwhile, while kids are fighting cancer, we’re discovering that prioritization of funding for the number one disease killer of kids in our country is ranked very low by our own National Cancer Institute. Consistently allocated 4% or less of the research budget, the kids we work so hard to protect from their own fears do not have the support of their own government.
We need our legislators to step up to protect them now. Please, join with parents of kids fighting (or, in my case, who have fought and are now remembered with love in our hearts,) or who are
Every three minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer. Before another family hears this news, please use the next three minutes to contact your members of Congress and ask them to make our children a priority.
Let kids with cancer focus on their health, on their lives. Let their parents continue to distract them, focusing on the positive outcomes that can be within their reach if together, we ensure that investment in research continues.
With great love and thanks for the St. Baldrick’s community of volunteers, staff, and donors,Amy Bucher
Mom of Arden (forever 3, would have turned 8 on 11-12-12), Grayson (almost 6), and Zoey (3)
Member, St. Baldrick’s Foundation Board of Directors
2010 Shavee, 46 Mommas Shave for the Brave