You Can Fight Childhood Cancer Today

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I always feel awful when I get a phone call asking for a donation and I say “no!”  I do this, not because I don’t care, but because I did calling like that long ago and I know that many of them are scams and only a tiny portion of what is donated makes it do the intended purpose… or at least more times than it should.  I always complain and then proclaim how bad I feel for saying no.  Well, now is my chance to put my money and voice to action!

Cassie, of The Sartin’s, is a mother that I have known for some time thanks to an eco-friendly, online message board.  She has a light about her, and in spite of all that she has faced with her son’s fight with Neuroblastoma, she has been strong, even when I’m sure she feels that she has been weak.  We have a tendency to not see the strength in ourselves sometimes, don’t we?  I can tell you that through it all, I have seen nothing but strength, and now Cassie is helping to raise awareness and funds to fight childhood cancer.  I’ll let her finish the rest of this post, as she can do it much better than I can!  I give you to, Cassie!

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Hi there! My name is Cassie and I want you to watch this video.  Amanda is graciously allowing me to use her blog to force it on you! (Amanda here: umm.. no!  No forcing! I am practically begging to share!)

You see, before April of 2010 I was oblivious to the plight of children with cancer. Sure, I saw the sweet bald heads in St. Jude commercials and thought it was sad. But surely childhood cancer was rare and it could never happen to MY family.

But then it did happen to us. In April of 2010 my 4 month old son was diagnosed with stage 4 high risk neuroblastoma and given about a 30% chance for survival.

I was suddenly very aware of childhood cancer. Did you know that 1 in 330 Americans will be diagnosed with some form of cancer before the age of 20? About 1 in every 4 elementary schools has a child with cancer. Cancer is the #1 disease killer of children in the US, yet it is grossly underfunded. The National Cancer Institute spends less than 4% of their budget on childhood cancers.  The American Cancer Society – less than one percent.

On March 11th my husband and I will be shaving our heads to raise funds and awareness for the St. Baldrick’s foundation for childhood cancer.  I hope you’ll watch this video, learn a little bit, and meet some faces behind the statistics.  Then if you’re able I hope you’ll donate.

To donate, please our team page at St.Baldrick’s. Facts and statistics in this video came from People Against Childhood Cancer, please visit their website to learn more.

Sam has been kicking cancer’s butt.  He has scans this week so if you have any extra vibes or prayers to send his way we’d appreciate them!  (We’re praying that they’ll finally be CLEAN!)
Remember to share this post: Every share, every dollar, every thought and prayer makes a difference! 

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