While Renee's computer is having "issues" she has asked me to blog for her as a guest blogger. My name is Kim Porter. My son Charlie had leukemia and was treated at Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital. That is where and when we met Renee and her special k's.
I know Renee already posted some statistics about Childhood Cancer, but I wanted to share with you another statistic. This statistic is personal. Charlie was diagnosed on January 3, 2006. Since that date, a mere 20 months ago, I personally know of 12 children that have lost their battle to this horrible disease. 12! That I personally know. Unfortunately, one of those 12 was my son Charlie. It makes me so angry! It makes me so sad. It makes me so...I just don't know anymore. All I know is that we HAVE to fight against childhood cancer.
Everywhere I turn these days I see pink ribbons. That is great. I understand that breast cancer needed awareness. The great thing about that is, they got it. Breast cancer gets tons of funding now. Everyone knows about it, everyone. I am so sad to think that the majority of the world does not realize that September is childhood cancer month. Most don't know that gold is the color of childhood cancer.
I know childhood cancer is a touchy subject. No one wants to look at it. Everyone wants to brush it under the carpet and pretend that it doesn't happen and if it does, it will never happen to them. Well, hopefully it won't, but I'm here to tell you it happens. It happens to good people. Childhood cancer is out there and it needs awareness, it needs funding, it needs a cure!
There are a lot of things we can do to raise childhood cancer. Wear gold ribbons, share a story with a friend and help us spread the word. On Monday, September 29 the restaurant Chili's will be donating 100% of their proceeds to St Jude hospital. What a small way for all of you to make a contribution to helping fight childhood cancer. No, Charlie wasn't treated at St Jude and neither was Kennedy, but no one can deny the great things that St Jude has done to help find a cure.
Thanks for listening and please help me spread awareness,