I recently came across this article , and I'm not ashamed to say it was one of the hardest things for me to read. Pediatric brain tumors hit close to home for me. When the Niece was a toddler, doctors found a tumor hiding out in her Pituitary Gland. It took several years and several doctors before her mother found a doctor who was willing and able to remove it. Some told her it was inoperable, but with a lot of perseverance, the surgery was performed.
The Niece is eighteen now, and she graduated from High School last June.
When I read articles like this, I am thankful for each and every moment she's been given. She was just a little girl, but she was strong. Much like the little girl in the above article. That little girl faced her future, not focused on the sadness, but on helping others find a cure.
I'm not sure I'd be strong enough to do the same if I were face with the situation.
If you're looking for a cause to support, or just have a few extra dollars before tax time you'd like to rid yourself of, look into local pediatric cancer research centers. Children should get to lead a long, full life. Maybe with time, and enough funding, the children facing grim predictions because of cancer, will get that chance.
Here are a couple of places to start your search.
Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation: http://www.pcrf-kids.org/
Children's Cancer Research Fund: http://test.childrenscancer.org/
Rest in Peace, little one.