I have always loved September. The temperatures are cooling, the leaves begin to change, my birthday rolls around, and now my younger son’s as well. Let’s not forget that football season kicks off in earnest!
But there is more now to September than I ever imagined.
Now, there are the gold ribbons.
There is awareness.
There is fighting – for better treatments, more research.
For a cure.
You are familiar with the pink ribbon.
You see it, and you know.
Do you KNOW the gold ribbon?
Gold ribbons are for Childhood Cancer Awareness.
This month, September? This month is for the kids.
I’m blessed with healthy children. I thank God for that every day. Over the last five years, I’ve “met” dozens of families fighting for the lives of their children. I’ve wept with those who have lost their sons or daughters to the monster that is cancer. I’ve celebrated, screaming with joy, at clear scans. I’ve prayed for little ones as they’ve suffered through high-dose chemo, and been grateful that they’ve only suffered minor hearing loss.
I am just one voice. One mother. One person in the vast sea that is the internet. But, the reality is, that’s how it begins. One voice speaks. A few listen, and they choose to speak, too. And those who hear, speak. Before long, the one small voice has become a roar, and awareness is born.
I want to be part of the roar. This is my statement to you:
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and I want YOU to be aware of it! The Gold Ribbon is the Childhood Cancer Awareness Ribbon. Please help make it as recognizable as the pink ribbon. And fight for a cure.
A few of my favorite Childhood Cancer charities: