This is Michael. Things happen in life that sometimes refocus us or turn our attention in different directions. Although Melissa and I live daily with awareness that we will always fight for children with cancer and continue to fight with Cannon, we too need moments to refocus from time to time.
Brooke Hester died last Thursday. She was 8 years old. She fought stage IV high risk neuroblastoma since age 3 and a half. Many of you knew and followed Brooke, and because she was a beautiful girl that was diagnosed with the same damned misery of disease as our Cannon, we followed her too. We got to meet her in the hospitals she treated in in Philadelphia and Grand Rapids.
A beautiful life, lost needlessly and unjustly. cancer in children is wrong. It is unjust. It is unnecessary. Brooke left this world with 70 years of her life taken away because not enough funding exists for research in the world of pediatric cancer disease. So many dollars poured into adult forms of cancer; so little, comparably, to those 12 types of cancer that strike in our kids. Wrong, ethically and morally. Wrong.
I ask all of you that read this or follow Cannon or anyone else touched in some way by pediatric cancer----Don't ever give up the fight to end the fact that no therapies exist for many types of children's cancer that were developed specifically to fight that cancer, to end the fact that most treatments for babies, infants, toddlers, children and teens is very painful and makes them so ill, and to end the fact that cancer takes the lives of children who never have the chance to grow up and go to high school, drive a car, go to the prom, to college, marry, have children, grow old and hold a grandchild-----how wrong.
Melissa and I and all of you that support Cannonball Kids' cancer will never give up this fight. Brooke, you are my hero, and all the kids who have ever suffered needlessly because of childhood cancer will always be. You go high on that mountain.