This is me a few days after I was diagnosed in 2014. The second picture is me throwing out the honorary first pitch at a Boston Red Sox game in September 2016. September is childhood cancer awareness month. Ever since I was diagnosed, it’s been my mission to spread awareness. Since I was diagnosed in 2014, I’ve seen so many businesses and organizations show their support for pediatric cancer. I’ve seen MLB have an annual childhood cancer awareness day, and Amazon have special packaging supporting the cause. It’s really incredible! Unfortunately it’s not enough.
Every day hundreds of kids lives will change forever when they receive their awful diagnosis, and the harsh protocol that follows.
Every day, young parents are burying their young child. My little friend who I met @sloankettering @sweetsallysunshine passed away last week. We are praying for you guys. We spent lots of time together at the day hospital. We often had appointments at the same time at the PT/OT clinic. Sally was in remission. She was off treatment for two years. She died of the side effects of her treatment.
This is not ok. The treatments are too harsh for children. They may sometimes cure a child’s cancer but the treatment ALWAYS leaves a child with awful side effects. Thank god, I am cancer free. But I suffer every single day with horrible gastrointestinal pain. I have paralyzed vocal cords. I have a compressed airway.
4% is no where near enough.
Childhood Cancer either takes you or your childhood away. #GoGold #MakeTheBestOfIt #StayStrong#WearGoldForPediatricCancer #ChildhoodCancerAwareness #PediatricCancer #NFLGoGold #SportsGoGold #EndChildhoodCancer