This is going to sound horrible, but if you're a parent, I'm sure you know what I'm saying. Hearing about kids with cancer is always sad, but it doesn't quite mean the same until you have kids of your own. I know that when I hear about kids having cancer now, I immediately put myself in the parent's place and imagine if that were my child. It's really just heart-wrenching now that we have kids of our own.
The average age of a pediatric cancer patient is 6 years old. Know who else is 6? Charlie, my charming, incredibly smart little boy, is 6.
I'm over here with tears streaming down my face watching Matthew's story because he reminds me of my own little family. Matthew is 6 and has a little brother that he adores. Matthew can't wait for his brother to start school so he can play with him at recess. My own 6 year old is constantly talking about how excited he is for his little brother, Owen, to attend his school.
The holiday season is full of opportunities to celebrate. We're able to spend time with our families and enjoy the holiday season. So often, we're looking for ways to give back in a meaningful way, especially since so much of our holiday festivities revolve around our little ones.
Tackle Kids Cancer provides an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children with cancer. It is a way for a child to help another child, and families to help other families. Did you know that only 4% of government cancer funding gets directed towards pediatric cancer? Childhood cancer is the number one cause of death by disease in children. Funding in all forms is crucial. Because the pediatric cancer community is small, discoveries made by researchers with Tackle Kids Cancer dollars help children throughout the world.
While you're planning your annual giving this holiday season, please consider donating to Tackle Kids Cancer. The funds will go to pediatric cancer research and innovative patient care programs to help find a cure. No donation is too small.