As many of you know, one of my sorority sisters lost her 12 year old daughter Mary Elizabeth to AML, a progressive form of leukemia, 3 years ago. I attended the memorial and as expected, it broke my heart. I want to help this family in anyway I can, I want to take away their pain but am unable to. I pray daily forthem and others battling this horrific, awful disease BUT feel that I need to do more.
The love that she portrayed to all was truly an inspiration. Mary Elizabeth wanted to live but when she realized she would not, she told her mom and dad that it was ok, she will be fine but wants the fight for a cure to be continued. Maybe her dying would save the next child... Her parents are continuing the fight to honor Mary Elizabeth's wishes and this is how you and I can help.
A few years ago,at Mary Elizabeth's memorial, I was informed that options and treatments are limited if you are a child diagnosed with cancer. I wrongly assumed that we were making significant strides in treatments and research but what I did not know is childhood cancer is allotted a small percentage of all cancer organization donations. Could you imagine a parent's frustration when they are told that there is nothing that can be done for their child? There was no option of a clinical trial that could possibly save their daughter. I was astonished at the lack of research and funds available for this family and others suffering the same fate.
My brother survived leukemia over 20 years ago because others donated to research. I can hug my brother today and am eternally grateful for the care he received. I can do more to help fund research and pave the road to more survivors so they too can hug their parents, siblings, grandparents, friends, etc...Please help me find a cure for these children.
My daughters and I along with PYA, PC will be walking on September 15th in order to raise funds and awareness to St. Jude's Hospital. Please help by donating to this cause!
Why I support St. Jude:
Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for anything – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
- St. Jude has helped push the overall survival rate for childhood cancer from less than 20% when we first opened our doors to 80% today. St. Jude won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.