With all that has happened in 2020, it’s difficult to focus on anything other than the road right in front of us. But as the year comes to a close and we continue to look ahead, it’s a good time to reflect on why we’re all driven to beat childhood cancer.
Stories like Emily, Ezra, and Jack’s are a good reminder that we never know how strong we are until being strong is the only choice we have.
Emily, Ezra, and Jack are driven to beat childhood cancer because they want to ensure better outcomes for kids like them – outcomes where children don’t have to relearn to walk, don’t spend time that should be spent learning to ride a bike confined to a hospital bed, or spending much of their life indoors because their body can’t handle outdoor temperatures. These three brave souls are willing to remember, discuss, and nearly relive what is possibly the worst experience of their life – fighting cancer as a child – in order to encourage others to support childhood cancer research.
Carter’s father Hao, mother Ann, and older brother Drew experience Christmas differently because Carter, the “incredible young soul” who was considered a superhero by the people who loved him, lost his battle with neuroblastoma as a toddler.
Members of our team spent time with the Dang family around the holidays last year as they shared what it’s like to celebrate Christmas without Super Carter. We asked ourselves: “How do they do it? How does a family that is so close carry on after a loss like that?” We soon realized – Super Carter’s superpower lingered all around us.
Carter’s family is driven to beat childhood cancer because they want to ensure all tiny superheroes celebrate Christmas with their loved ones.
Torie and her mom Marnae were inseparable – they were friends, as well as family. This mother’s Christmas letter to her late daughter exposes the ever-present ache that comes with losing someone you love.
Marnae is driven to beat childhood cancer because she knows the hardest part of losing someone isn’t having to say goodbye, but rather, learning to live without them.
William Frederick Halsey, Jr.
It’s been said, “There are no great people in this world, only great challenges ordinary people rise to meet.” Finding more effective, less toxic treatments for childhood cancer in honor of Emily, Ezra, Jack, Carter, Torie and all of their families is certainly one of those great challenges. And we’re relying on people like you to help us rise and meet it.