September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. At PCFLV, we are committed to spreading the GOLD all year long. However, in September, we truly make it our mission. 30 Days, 30 Stories celebrates the children we know and love and the brave battles they fight and have fought, with their families by their sides. In celebrating these beautiful children and their stories, we hope to inspire you to join us in our mission to SPREAD THE GOLD in September and all year long!
Today is September 23rd, and it's still Childhood Cancer Awareness month. It's easy to ignore this post. Just keep scrolling down Facebook to see what your other friends are posting about. Besides it's not like your child has cancer. Well, guess what? Mine didn't either until July 2, 2007.
It's very easy to say not me, not my child, not my family. I heard the St. Jude's radio-thons and saw the college kids on the corner collecting money for Penn State's THON. And I donated. But it wasn't me, wasn't my family. Well it wasn't - until it was.
This is my child, my Samanthaâ€¦ my beautiful, strong and brave cancer survivor! Sammi was diagnosed with high risk, pre-b cell leukemia at just 29 months old. After her diagnosis and the 29 days she had to stay in the hospital in Philadelphia, she began an intense 2 and a 1/2 years of chemotherapy to rid her tiny body of the cancer. She endured over 20 spinal taps, IV chemo, shots, countless needle pokes, and daily chemo pills. That's right, my two year old was swallowing chemo pills daily for over 2 years! She lost her hair, eyebrows and even eyelashes. She spent most holidays in the hospital instead of being home with her family.
This is childhood cancer, and this is real! Please take some time do something to raise awareness about childhood cancer. Children are our future and we need to give them a better future, one without childhood cancer! Here are some ideas...make a donation to your local pediatric cancer foundation, PCFLV. I cannot put into words the way this organization helped our family. Can't make a donation right now, that's ok. Call your local pediatric cancer organization and ask what you can do to help - they are always looking for volunteers. Donate blood or platelets - Sammi required 6 blood transfusions and 7 platelet transfusions during her treatment. I've donated â€“ have you? Donate some gas gift cards -you have no idea how much money is spent driving two and from treatments and the long hospital stays. There are many ways you can help out. Please consider giving one of them a try. Like I said earlierâ€¦it wasn't us, wasn't our family until it was.
Written by Jacque, Sammi's mom