I first met Sheila and heard Donna’s story when we shared the stage at Listen to your Mother. Two women, beautiful inside and out, one of whom was taken far too soon. And the glaring reminder that pediatric cancer sucks.
Fast forward to a few short months ago and another cast member from the 2013 year also discovers that her daughter has a form pediatric cancer. And suddenly, there’s that reminder again.
Our family is no stranger to cancer’s claws. Our cousin battled cancer in early childhood. My brother battled cancer in his early teens. Two uncles last year. An aunt ten years ago. Parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters. Cancer doesn’t care, but we can.
After talking with Charlie (age 6) about another friend’s daughter who was shaving her head in honor of St. Baldrick’s, Charlie decided he wanted to do something. So on March 28, 2015, he will be joining in with a great group of others for Donna’s Good Things at Candlelite Chicago and shave his head for childhood cancer research. His original goal of $30 has been met, but we hope it continues to grow as he makes an impact to help kids who so desperately need it.
A few facts about pediatric cancer:
More children are lost to cancer in the U.S. than any other disease—in fact, more than many other childhood diseases combined.
Before they turn 20, about 1 in 285 children in the U.S. will have cancer.
Worldwide, a child is diagnosed every 3 minutes.
Please consider donating to Donna’s Good Things and St. Baldrick’s. Charlie would love your support!