September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month! Let’s go GOLD for the kids!
We need to get companies/sports teams/celebrities to go gold before pink!
Maya Thompson (Ronan’s Mom) had enough people (Over 25,000) sign a petition on the governments website to turn the White House gold for September. They finally released a statement in regards to it. They turned us down. You can read the statement here.
Please inform people that Childhood Cancer is NOT rare.
~ 46 children a day are diagnosed with cancer. 7 will die today.
~ Childhood Cancer is the #1 disease killer in children.
~ Pediatric Cancer only receives 3.8% of all cancer research funding.
~ Every 16 hours a child with Neuroblastoma dies.
The Ronan Thompson Foundation
Let’s go GOLD for;
Rest in Peace Zach Sobiech. Cancer claimed another young life.
Zach passed away on Monday 5/20/2013. He was 18. You may recognize Zach.
He made this now famous video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDC97j6lfyc This is his song, “Clouds”. He wrote and performed this after hearing he only had months to live.
This was a documentary made on Zach, http://www.upworthy.com/this-kid-just-died-what-he-left-behind-is-wondtacular-rip?g=2 . Seriously, what a GREAT person. I wish I could have met him. I am sorry Zach. Sorry that the Cancer world failed you. This is a must watch. You will not regret it.
Some awesome people made this happen, all for Zach. Celebrity music video for “Clouds”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zxXAtmmLLc
To Zach’s family; I am very sorry. Please know that he was such an inspiration to a lot of people. He made everyone a better person.
Huffington Post article on Zach; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/21/zach-sobiech-18yearold-cl_n_3312838.html
We a need awareness. We need more money. We need more research. We need a CURE.
Please let Zach inspire you.
Jack Hoffman is 7. He was diagnosed with brain cancer on April 22, 2011 after suffering a Grand Mal seizure. He has had two major brain surgery’s. He is currently on a 60 week chemo regimen. After the first surgery, he asked to meet his favorite Nebraska Cornhusker, runningback Rex Burkhead. No one knew it would turn into one the greatest sports friendships anyone has seen.
They became fast friends. Rex said he knew once they met he would be a part of Jacks life forever. Rex ran for TD’s and Jack received chemo. Although they were many miles apart, Rex kept Jack close wearing his “Team Jack, Pray” bracelet during his games in Nebraska. When asked about Rex in an interview, Jack simply said “He is my best friend.”
Jack became an ESPN/Internet sensation when he ran for a 69 yard TD in the Nebraska spring football game. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPj7nI4MCnQ No one told those players to clear the benches and meet Jack in the end zone. They just did. When asked about how scoring the TD felt, Jack said “Super Duper Awesome”. Rex was there, watching from the sideline. He graduated and was waiting for the draft in April.
Thank you Rex for bringing awareness to pediatric cancer. You are doing so much more than you think. The Hoffman’s and Rex recently went to meet President Obama in the White House because Obama saw Jack on ESPN’s top 10. (Jack was #1 on the Top 10).
Jack’s Family outside of the White House
This story is even better because MY Cincinnati Bengals drafted Rex in the 6 round. We need him. The city of Cincinnati needs Rex. On and off the field. Cincinnati welcomes Team Jack with open arms.
The Bengals announced the official signing of Rex Burkhead on 5/13/2013 with head Coach Marvin Lewis saying he hopes Rex will have a key role on the offense! Bring on Team Jack to Cincinnati! http://www.cincyjungle.com/2013/5/13/4327210/bengals-announce-signings-of-rex-burkhead-sean-porter-terrence
Please follow Jacks Story;
Facebook: Team Jack
Oh and Jack, can you help me out with something? Is Rex single? He is pretty cute 🙂
I fell in love with Ronan when Taylor Swfit sang her song “Ronan” at Stand Up to Cancer in 2012. Children deserve so much more. He has inspired me.
I wanted to come up with a plan to take fun items to the patients at Children’s Hospital. After some convincing and emailing back in forth with a few people I finally got the A Okay.
My neice, Riley and I arrived at Dayton Children’s Hospital and had to put together our “goodie” cart!
We had a mix of books, coloring books, crayons, magazines and stuffed animals! We also had some flowers to give to the mom’s for Mother’s Day.
We met about 15 children and their families. Started on the onclogy floor where we met some little fighters! After we finsihed there we made our way down to the 3rd floor and met some other sweet faces. We smiled, talked and handed out items that the kids would love. It was such a pleasure to meet those amazing children who are fighting a long hard battle!
Riley and I will go back with more stuff than last and bigger smiles on our faces than before. They all deserve it.
2 years ago today, Ronan passed away after an 8 month battle with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. May 12th would be his 6th birthday. Do something for him. Ronan’s Day of Love (www.rockstarronan.com)
I have my purple on today! Goes very well with my Fu*k You Cancer, Rockstar Ronan bracelet.