Sunday, January 20, 2008

Please read and respond

my sis called me last night...she was making fun of me because at 9:40pm, on a saturday, her and hubby were just returning from a night out, and here i was in bed!!

she probably thinks im old and boring...a sad fact as she's 10 years my SENIOR!

Fact of the matter is, I took my precious baby with me last night to the bedroom, and we sang songs, and we talked, and i combed her hair with my fingers until she drifted off to sleep...

Beautiful baby.

i took this time with molly, because that very morning at 11:22am, a litle guy whose story i've been following, lost his battle with neuromedullablasphoma.

and I'm grieving.

King JuJu was all of 4 years old.

My husband is kinda confused and gently trying to get me off the computer (i keep returning to it and bawling my eyes out)...and i KNOW i have a long list that got put off yesterday...but i wanted to chat with yall for just a sec.

I know, i turn the channel when the starving babies come on's not out of disrespect, it just seems easier if i don't look at it.

I NEED you to look at this.
Did you know? Pediatric Cancer kills more of our babies annually than anything else?


Please take a second, and look at king juju's video...take a moment in your busy lives this week, and remember his family in prayer...and take more than a moment to love your children...or as juju's mom mimi says..
"go dance with your child"
she's such a wonderful woman. Throughout all of this she has remained stedfast...reminding us that on those days that you can't take ONE MORE SECOND of the noise and mess that our children can generate..

she'd give anything for just that one more second.

I'm leaving you with the video, and with some facts about pediatric cancer. Please do what you can. Donate money, donate time, donate love and prayers...and please join with me in begging for Peace and Comfort for this family, the kind that only God Himself can deliver.

We have to stop this cancer...we have to stop this NOW before it gets one of OUR children...and at the rate it attacks, that also is a very real fact.

Godspeed Little King Juju
your fight was not in vain

The response?
Wear Yellow on Thursday...and if you can, let go a yellow balloon in his honor!
and LEARN! Learn about pediatric cancer, and do SOMETHING!!


Childhood Cancer Facts:

Childhood cancers are the 1 disease killer of children - more than asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, and pediatric AIDS combined.

Childhood cancer is not a single disease, but rather many different types that fall into 12 major categories.

Common adult cancers are extremely rare in children, yet many cancers are almost exclusively found in children.

Childhood Cancers are cancers that primarily affect children, teens, and young adults. When cancer strikes children and young adults it affects them differently than it would an adult.

Attempts to detect childhood cancers at an earlier stage, when the disease would react more favorably to treatment, have largely failed. Young patients often have a more advanced stage of cancer when first diagnosed.

(Approximately 20% of adults with cancer show evidence the disease has spread, yet almost 80% of children show that the cancer has spread to distant sites at the time of diagnosis).

Cancer in childhood occurs regularly, randomly, and spares no ethnic group, socioeconomic class, or geographic region.

The cause of most childhood cancers are unknown and at present, cannot be prevented. (Most adult cancers result from lifestyle factors such as smoking, diet, occupation, and other exposure to cancer-causing agents).

One in every 330 Americans will develop cancer by the age of 20. On the average, 12,500 children and adolescents in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each year.

On the average, 1 in every 4 elementary school has a child with cancer. The average high school has two students who are a current or former cancer patient. In the U.S., about 46 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer every weekday.

While the cancer death rate has dropped more dramatically for children than for any other age group, 2,300 children and teenagers will die each year from cancer.

Childhood leukemia (making up the largest group of childhood cancers) was once a certain death sentence, but now can be cured almost 80% of the time.
Today, up to 75% of the children with cancer can be cured, yet, some forms of childhood cancers have proven so resistant to treatment that, in spite of research, a cure is illusive.

Several childhood cancers continue to have a very poor prognosis, including: brain stem tumors, metastatic sarcomas, relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and relapsed non-hodgkins lymphoma.

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