Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Donna Day 2014


This beautiful girl who has touched the hearts and minds of millions of people all over the world.

Today, that world that she has touched comes together through the wonder of the internet to raise money in her memory for the disease that took her, cancer.

Though I never had the honor and privilege to meet this little girl, though I didn't even have the good fortune to come to know her mother, Mary Tyler Mom, until years after she was gone, she has made an impact on my life.

Mary Tyler Mom lost that beautiful girl to cancer in 2009, and if you haven't read the story, I urge you to do so.  She chronicled the entire journey, sharing the reality of this disease with the world, and the stories were featured on the Huffington Post.  You can find her entire story here.

Here is a glimpse into the shining little light we celebrate today, Donna.

Last year, I participated in this outreach effort along with several other bloggers, all raising money for St. Baldrick's. I cut off over a foot of my own hair that day in the hopes that it would spur others to donate to the cause.

This year, the number of participants has grown even more.

We have an opportunity to do something amazing here today, my friends.

The goal of Donna Day is to raise money for St. Baldrick's, an organization that funds childhood cancer research.  The charity that Mary Tyler Mom started in her daughter's memory, Donna's Good Things, is sponsoring a head shaving event in Chicago on March 29th.

The team page has a link to donate directly, and you can find it here.

The statistics on childhood cancers are sobering, even more so when you realize how poorly funded the research on them is currently.

  • More US children will die from cancer than any other disease, or many other diseases combined;
  • Before the age of 20, 1 in 300 boys and 1 in 333 girls will be diagnosed with cancer;
  • worldwide, a child is diagnosed ever three minutes;
  • the cure rate for the most common form of pediatric cancer, ALL leukemia, is as high as 90%, but most other childhood cancers do not have that success rate, e.g., brain tumors have a 50/50 cure rate, and some, like DIPG, are known to be fatal with no known treatment or cure;
  • 73% of kids who survive their cancer will have chronic health problems as a result of their treatment and 42% will suffer severe or life-threatening conditions like secondary cancers.  
Childhood cancer research is woefully underfunded, amounting to only 4% of the National Cancer Institute funding.  Some organizations like the American Cancer Society spend less than 1% on children's cancers.  

We've made huge strides in treating breast cancer and many other adult cancers.  The FDA approves new cancer drugs all the time, but only one new cancer treatment drug has been approved for use in children in the last 30 years.


St. Baldrick's raises money exclusively for childhood cancer research. In the past two years, the outpouring of love and support for Donna's Day has raised $195,000! Even donations of $5 and $10 add up quickly if we can spread the word enough.  

There are superhero t-shirt available this year to purchase as a fundraiser as well. They can be purchased here. 

Give for all the children you know whose lives have been touched by cancer.

Give for all the children all over the world fighting this disease.

Give for all the children who may not get to celebrate another birthday.

Give for Donna. 

Thank you all. 

Choose hope.

Always choose hope.

1 comment:

  1. You do so much to help others. You are a selfless and generous person.


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