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I am sure you have read those words more than once and perhaps you might agree. If you have lost a loved one to cancer I am sure you agree.
My dad lost his life to leukemia and that devastated me and has impacted my life and continues to impact my life in a multitude of ways. But what is really, really hard to watch beyond your father fighting cancer, even when watching from a distance, is children fighting cancer.
Right now I know two. Two young precious souls fighting for their lives and enduring tests, symptoms, and procedures that could even test the limits of an adult. It is heart breaking to watch and they are in my daily prayers. One of these kiddos has been in my prayers for over a year and the other just entered my prayers. Hearing that that boy, who is just a few months older than my daughter, crushed me to the core. I cried my heart out for him and his mom who is the sweetest, more lovable woman in the world. It is gut wrenching.
What is more gut wrenching is watching a community rally and mourn the loss of a precious child, not even 5 years old, who died of cancer. I didn't know this child or his family but the community sadness and support was evident.
I often ask, what can I do to make a difference? I pray, I try to send notes and other actions of support and encouragement but it never seems to be enough as my empathetic heart takes over and hurts for the child fighting cancer and the parents, family, and friends standing by.
Cancer sucks but childhood cancer sucks to the max.
I am certain we can find a cure and end to this and I am proud of my friend riding to make a difference, doing his part to take a stand against cancer, and taking action to do something versus just grumble about it and I respectfully ask you to donate to support his actions and to support finding the means to end the devastation of childhood cancer.
Will you help? You can donate and learn more HERE and be part of the Great Cycle Challenge USA and my friend's goal of raising $500 for childhood cancer research. You don't need to donate a lot as every penny counts but I do believe we all need to do something beyond saying, "Cancer Sucks". I am donating, are you?
Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for those who donate to say, childhood cancer sucks, it makes me mad, and I am willing to invest in finding a cure, to saving lives, and to happy families who don't need to worry over and watch their kids suffer from a dreadful disease and its treatments that can be torturous.
Daily Bible Verse: What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. ~ James 2:14-26