I am taking a stand against childhood cancer by joining more than 90,000 Mini-THON® students who are fundraising for Four Diamonds.
I understand why some of you might not take the time to donate. You might say it’s too much work to get your credit card out, or you tell yourself that someone else will donate. In part, I feel like some choose not to donate because we, as a society, have been desensitized to the word “cancer.” We tell ourselves that it won’t happen to us, or anyone we know. We visualize children with cancer as strangers, unlucky to be afflicted with such a horrible disease, but blessed to have the support of their family and friends. I, like some of you reading this, do not know anyone close to me that has been affected by cancer. But I want you to stop for a second and pretend that you do. That nameless face with Ewing‘s sarcoma that you picture when you hear the words “childhood cancer” is now your middle school lab partner, or that small child with leukemia is your little niece or nephew. Children with cancer are not simply that label, they are so much more than that. They have family, friends, interests, hobbies, and fears, like we all do. They absolutely deserve to live long, healthy lives not suffering from such a terrible disease, so I ask you to please donate. Even the smallest amount helps end childhood cancer! Thank you.