Saturday, February 18, 2012

A Way to Help

If you've been reading here very long, you know I talk a lot about Childhood Cancer. I can hardly believe that it's been almost five years since Kennedy's journey with Leukemia... it's even harder to believe we may be facing it again in the future with a second daughter.

Recently, childhood cancer has been making headlines. My hope would be that one day, childhood cancer will make the news because someone has found a cure. In the meantime, the reasons for the news reports are disheartening, and quite scary for parents whose children are battling cancer. There is currently a nationwide shortage of Methotrexate, one of the key chemotherapies for treating children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). A shortage of this drug can be devastating to a patient's "road map" of their treatment. Scary.

As I'm sure most of you know, St. Jude's Hospital in Memphis, TN is one of the leading researchers in new cancer drugs for children. I am sure they are doing their very best to battle this shortage and make sure that children with ALL and other cancers are getting the drugs they need to fight this awful disease.

St. Jude's relies heavily on contributions from people like you and me. They also get a lot of fundraising through amazing people who run marathons and half marathons on behalf of the hospital. Running a half marathon seems... overwhelming and pretty much impossible to me. But I have several friends who do it every year. And my hat's off to them! :)

On April 28th, my friend Laura is running the Nashville Country Music Half Marathon. She is running as a St. Jude Hero. I think that now, more than ever, we need to band together and help St. Jude help all the kids fighting cancer. You can help by donating to Laura's fundraising page. It's easy to do and every dollar counts. Let's help Laura meet her goal! Thanks Laura, for running for cancer warriors everywhere!


Janet said...

Thanks for sharing this with all of us. It makes my heart sink to think there may even be a small chance your family will face this again in the future. Praying as always.


Holly Aytes said...

St Jude is special to us. Growing up in Memphis we have known people at St Jude. It is such a worthy cause...we are monthly donors. We also have a friend who was running in the Nashville race (she had to have emergency surgery to remove her appendix on Friday so that may hinder her running). I am glad you do posts on childhood cancer awareness. Praying they find a cure for it soon.

Kate said...

Methotrexate is the "go to" medication for people with rheumatoid diseases, too. Bethany has been on it for a year & her rheumatologist is stressed about the shortage since it is going to affect most of his patients.

I really hope you don't have to go down the cancer road with Kellsey. ((( hugs )))

Lynn said...

Heard on the news that other companies are stepping up and there shouldn't be any problem with production...
Am so blessed to be able to pray for your family!
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Me said...

That's so horrible to hear Renee! And I hope that leukemia is not something you need to face again, you've been through enough and no one should have to face that once let alone twice.

As for running half marathons, you'd be surprised at how achievable it is. I ran my first one last year and I'm crazy enough to do another one in may! I always hated runnining and i thought people who ran for fun were completely nuts. Well for some reason I decided to start running and now I'm one of those crazy people. If you work hard and believe in yourself, you'd be amazed at what you can accomplish. Hugs to you my friend.