Cancer sucks in general, but when it happens to a child, it seems magnified by tens of thousands. This is what happened to Donna.
Donna is my friend Sheila’s daughter. You might know Sheila as “Mary Tyler Mom.” Sheila is also a contributor to Sunshine After the Storm: A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother.
She is an incredible blogger and writer, who began Donna’s Good Things (a nonprofit to raise money to fight pediatric cancer) after her own four year old daughter fought, and succumbed to cancer after fighting for 31 months. Now Sheila and her husband have dedicated their lives to “parenting” Donna by doing good things for other children fighting cancer. Donna’s Good Things.
As I read her story, my heart broke into a bazillion pieces. I know the grief of losing a child. I watched my baby suffer for only two days before she left us. I cannot imagine the pain, torture, and emotional strife that would accompany watching your child fight through cancer. I CANNOT IMAGINE having to have a conversation about dying with my three year old. I urge you to watch this 4 min video about Donna’s journey.
Donna is one of so many children who do not make it. We can do something about this.
Sadly, for Donna, the cancer won. But it doesn’t have to win every time. That’s the whole point of Donna’s Good Things. A very large fundraiser through St. Baldrick’s – a nonprofit dedicated to fighting pediatric cancer. Their mission statement is:
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long, healthy lives.
I know there are so many things you could pledge your money to. But this is one that if you can even find $5 or $10 to support – can be life changing to the tiniest of our little ones.
Today is Donna Day, but it’s not too late for you to support this cause. If you’re a blogger, and would like to post about it, feel free to grab whatever you want out of this post. The big event is not until March 29th, so we still have time to blog, raise awareness and support. If I lived in Chicago, I would be there in a heartbeat.
If you’re not a blogger, please do what you can to share this via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest… whatever. Let’s help Donna Day reach $25,000!
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