Victoria is the same age as my son. The beloved stuffed animal she carries is one my kids adored. It’s hard to watch her story and not think of my own children. Victoria suffers from Leukemia, but she doesn’t let it stop her. She has, “made a lot of friends at the hospital,” and brightens every room she enters.
Matthew is also six years old. He and my son share a love of football, and an adoration for their younger siblings. When you watch Matthew’s video, you’ll adore his little voice – but watch until the very end. His laughter at a word his parents prefer him not to say reminded me so much of my children!
Let’s help kick cancer’s butt – for Matthew, and for all the children fighting for their lives. At this time of year, I often think about giving back. Our family has been through difficult periods and we know the gratitude that comes with receiving support from those around us. The feeling of being that helping hand is indescribable. It’s joy, love, grace, humility. It is the true meaning of the season.
There is a way you can make the holidays brighter for children with cancer. Pediatric cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children, but receives only 4% of government cancer funding. Tackle Kids Cancer is an organization that funds pediatric cancer research and innovative patient care programs to help find a cure. Since the pediatric cancer community is small, discoveries made by researchers with funds from Tackle Kids Cancer can help children throughout the world.
Visit the Tackle Kids Cancer website to hear more about their mission, the children in their care, their team and heroes. Let’s give them the gift of hope and love this season by making a donation to fund pediatric cancer research and patient care programs.