Have you ever wondered what it might be like to hear the words, "Your child has cancer?" Or even worse, have you ever wondered what it would be like to hold your child in your arms as they take their last breath? Most parents tell me they "won't even go there" and that they "can't even imagine" what that would be like. And that most likely would have been my response if I hadn't actually heard those words, or held my first born, Sophie Elizabeth Quayle, as she took her last breath in my arms at 11:55pm on October 6, 2007.
The sad fact of the matter is - there are thousands of parents who have heard those words, and lived that experience. 7 children DIE every. single. day. because of some form of childhood cancer. My worst nightmare is that another parent will have to "go there," and will experience what I did.
Through the work of Smiles For Sophie Forever, I have committed myself to making a difference in the lives of catastrophically ill kids around the world. For the tenth year in a row, I (along with my Team SFSF members) will be heading to Memphis in December to participate in the events of the marathon week end. This year I plan to train to complete the half marathon. At first glance, training for a race seems like a daunting task, but once you compare it to a kid fighting cancer, it starts to seem like no big deal.
Once again, I've committed to raising funds as a St. Jude Hero to support St. Jude's lifesaving mission of finding cures and saving children. I am asking...no begging, for your financial support. ANY amount you can give will be greatly appreciated. You can donate through the link, or by mailing a check made out to St. Jude to 31722 Leeward Ct. Avon Lake OH 44012.
It costs $2 million a day to operate St. Jude. Did you know that 70% of the funds come from the public? That means your donation, no matter what the size, will help!
How your donation helps:
- Thanks to donors like you, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything, including lodging, food and travel.
- St. Jude will continue to improve treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases through its groundbreaking research.
- For every child treated at St. Jude, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries.
If you have ever allowed yourself to wonder what it might be to watch your child die in your arms, follow this link to read about our experience. (scroll down to "Six Months Without Sophie") http://www.smilesforsophie.blogspot.com/2008_04_01_archive.html
We appreciate your support. I speak for the thousands of parents of children with cancer, when I say "thank you." Thank you for caring enough to donate and for making a difference!