Today, an annual celebration of that relationship we share.
Today is Donna Day.
Donna Day is a fundraising event for St. Baldrick's in the honor of Donna, a little girl that I was never given the opportunity to meet, but one that has changed my life in so many ways. She has touched millions of people around the world with her story, with her laughter, with her singing and dancing, with her joy.
Donna's brave mother, Mary Tyler Mom, began Donna Day several years ago now in defiance of cancer, as her way of saying that she wasn't going to tolerate living in a world where children like her little girl were taken.
Funding for childhood cancer research is pathetic in this country. Pathetic. There is really no good way to spin it.
- Only 4% of the cancer research funding in this country is spent on childhood cancers
- Pharmaceutical companies do not fund much research because childhood cancer is not profitable
- Each day 46 children are diagnosed with cancer, enough to fill two classrooms.
- One quarter of the children diagnosed with cancer will die within 5 years.
- 1/3 of childhood cancer survivors will face a lifetime of moderate to severe side effects from treatment.
- Cancer kills more children than any other disease.
- Up until last year, only 2 medications had been approved to treat childhood cancers in the past 20 years. A third was approved last year, due in large part to the research funding supplied by St. Baldrick's. What this means is that the donations given to St. Baldrick's are resulting in legitimate progress in the treatment of childhood cancer - your donations matter!
All money raised during Donna Day goes directly to St. Baldrick's.
This year's goal is $45,000!
To date, this single annual event has raised $373,424 for research. Never underestimate the power of a cancer mom. Never.
Please, give what you can.
Please, share this link and the others that you will see floating across your newsfeeds today.
Please, don't look away.
And please, always, always, always choose hope.