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Welcome to Nichole's CaringBridge site. We have so much joy in our lives with Nichole that we can't help but want to share our lives with our Purple Princess. We hope you will be blessed as we are.
Please be sure to read the latest in the journal, view the photo gallery, and drop us a line in the guestbook.
The world may see what Nichole cannot do, but we rejoice in the incredible young lady she has become. A fierce prayer warrior in her sister's image, a loyal and loving friend.
Nichole does not mind her litany of diagnoses and she is not the sum of things she cannot do. The world ay see her as a child who does not walk or talk and mistakenly assume she does not understand, but they could not be more wrong. She has a passion for reading and school and loves to encourage others. Nichole has made a powerful impact on many, many lives and we are very grateful.
Thank you for taking the time to visit. We try to update monthly, so check back when you have time.
Doug, Valerie & Nichole
It's here... another September. Another September where familieslike mine are praying we can increase awareness about Childhood Cancer byposting pictures of gold ribbons, stories of kids in treatment,and facts about Childhood Cancer We hope to raise awareness for our kidsin this month that's dedicated to Childhood Cancer Awareness.
I have been pretty quiet in September in the past. This onethough is packed with information. Now, because you read about Nichole,well, then you know before she joined our family, we lost Drewto cancer. Through our journey over 20 years, we have read about SOmany more kids that we feel we cannot be quiet any longer. Now, you, too, willget to know many children who have been diagnosed with cancer, especiallyif you follow us on Facebook.
I had the privilege to share Drew's story with The DandelionMoms. http://dandelionmoms.com/2013/09/family-one-mothers-journey/ I hope you can read it and share it to spread the word. I am honored that Dandelion Moms have chosento make Childhood Cancer Awareness the focus of their September acts ofkindness.
This is a big month in the Childhood Cancer community.No, the White House won't go GOLD... they rejected that petition. No, therewon't be GOLD ribbons all over the supermarket or your local shopping malls.It's up to our families and YOU!! PLEASE help spread awareness this monthin memory of and in honor of our kids. Please be a part in giving theseprecious kids a future of hope.
You many not know the statistics like '46 kids everyweekday are diagnosed with cancer' or '36 kids every day are diagnosed withcancer' or '7 children die from cancer every day' or 'Childhood Cancers aregrossly underfunded by both the government and private foundations that are notspecifically geared towards Childhood Cancers'. These numbers are tossedaround every day. The statistics stink; no ifs ands or buts. 36 kidsevery single day? That's more than a classroom full of kids diagnosed withcancer every day! Cancer is real and strikes anywhere, at any time.
We're hear about so many organizations that use kids faces onmarketing but who donate very little of the money raised to battle childhoodcancers. American Cancer Society donated 1 penny for every dollar raised tochildhood cancer. Leukemia and Lymphoma Society donates 2 cents for everydollar raised to childhood cancer. Jeez, even the government and the NationalCancer Institute only allocates anywhere from 3.6-4% of their budget tochildhood cancer. And that's not 4% for each type of childhood cancer but all12 types of childhood cancer have to share that 4%.. that means that each ofthe 12 types of childhood cancers get about 1/3 of 1% of the NCI budget!! Whereare our priorities? Instead, please consider donating to CureSearch.org devotedtotally to Childhood Cancers. Other worthy groups include St. Baldrick'sFondation, Ty Louis Campbell Foundation, Cookies For KidsCancer, Francesco Loccisano Foundation, Friends of Jaclyn, Make AWish...
Our journey was short, Drew lived only 7 weeks after diagnosis. In 20 years the FDA has initially approved only one drug for anychildhood cancer. (Source: Kids V. Cancer); let's pull together and change thisas only parents can!
Today, even when cancer is in remission, the long termhealth risks to kids from the treatments are significant. From The Truth365:
•Childhood cancer survivors are at significant risk forsecondary cancers later in life. (Source: National Cancer Institute)
•Cancer treatments can affect a child’s growth, fertility, andendocrine system. Child survivors may be permanently immunologicallysuppressed. (Source: National Cancer Institute)
•Radiation to a child’s brain can significantly damage cognitivefunction, or if radiation is given at a very young age, limiting the ability toread, do basic math, tell time or even talk. (Source: National CancerInstitute)
Yes, today kids are living longer after diagnosis, thetreatments available are prolonging life and that's a wonderful thing,but treatments are simply buying time, for lack of better wording,until enough awareness can be raised that funding increases and morebreakthroughs are made so that kids not only live longer but the longer theylive their lives are still full and healthy and happy.
YOU CAN HELP... All you have to do is raise awareness! Let'sstop pretending that childhood cancer be a taboo topic. It will neverbe a happy topic, but it is stealing precious children daily! Go toTeam Mighty Mikey's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/teammightymikey)where his mom has tons of gold ribbon pictures and childhood cancerstatistics. Please go there and share them... our kids need you... let'smake it known that every child matters and that GOLD is the color ofSeptember!