Day 80 – Forty-six

Childhood cancer awareness ribbon

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

In this country 46 kids a day are diagnosed with cancer.

Their ribbon color is gold, bright and shiny. We need to make the gold ribbon as prevalent as the pink, especially since the stores are already filling up with pink products and it’s not October yet!

We don’t have much gold, but we do have a LOT of yellow so here goes!Sunflowers are happy, something that all parents of a child with cancer can use. I pulled out my now-vintage sunflower dishes to make an upbeat table. I paired it with the vintage yellow Fiesta plates and ball pitcher.I love all the happy sunflower faces : )

The vintage napkins came courtesy of Nadine and my french ivory from Sur la Table played well with everyone.

As the sun set I lit seven candles on the table.

They represent the seven kids a day that  die from cancer.

It is the number one killer of kids; more than genetic anomalies, aids and cystic fibrosis combined. In the average elementary school there are three kids with cancer. One of them will never make it back to class.

Even though the American Cancer Society raises 450 million dollars a year for research, less than 3% goes towards pediatric cancers. There have been no new drugs approved for the most common types of childhood cancer in the last 30 years.

There are some amazing organizations out there raising money for pediatric cancer research. St. Baldrick’s sponsor’s head shaving events every year all across the country. Last year the event I volunteered at through Children’s Hospital in Oakland (organized by Crystal and Heidi) was one of the most successful in the state of California, until ’46 Momma’s Shave for the Brave’ moved to LA! Part of those festivities were broadcast in the “Stand up to Cancer” special. If you’re going to be surpassed it might as well be by those amazing moms!

There is also an organization called “Alex’s Lemonade Stand” started by a little girl (diagnosed with cancer when she was 1)  who sold lemonade in her front yard to raise money for ‘her hospital’. Before she died at the age of 8 she (and the help of a few others)  had raised 1 million dollars for cancer research! Her family carries on her legacy, you can check it out here:
http://www.alexslemonade.org

Check out St. Baldrick’s here:

http://www.stbaldricks.org

To the families that battle this disease everyday, I dedicate this to you.

“There are many Americans who are clever and fearless, but the trouble is many are small children fighting an ugly disease.”

Tomorrow – Back to school

286 days to go…

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