Dear Mr. President,
When I was almost 16 months old, I was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, stage IV. Neuroblastoma is a childhood cancer that is largely considered to be rare, but I know it isn’t. I know that because 46 children are diagnosed in the U.S. every single day, and every single day, 7 more children die from it. The National Cancer Institute only gives less than 4% to childhood cancer, despite there being more than 12 types of it. Nobody even knows September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, except, of course, the survivors, the advocates, and the families and friends of the sick children, and if they are old enough to understand, the children themselves, . The color of the childhood cancer ribbon is gold, because kids are more precious than gold! I am 31 now and I have overcome many, many challenges as a result of my cancer treatments, and I still struggle every day, and always will. Sadly, that is the norm for long-term survivors. I want to ask you to please reconsider the budget cuts to funding for childhood cancer research that are coming up for consideration in February. I want to ask you to please look for a way to distribute medical research more fairly. Children are the future... All you have to do is look at your own children to know that, at Malia and Sasha. And please, when September 2013 rolls around, won’t you turn the White House GOLD for Childhood Cancer Awareness, just like you turned it pink in October for Breast Cancer Awareness?
Danielle A. Cloakey
Danielle Annette Cloakey
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It could be your child, or a child you know, who is diagnosed with cancer next. People look away when St. Jude commercials come on, or if they see a bald child with an Ng tube up their nose in...
It could be your child, or a child you know, who is diagnosed with cancer next. People look away when St. Jude commercials come on, or if they see a bald child with an Ng tube up their nose in public, I could go on and on and on . It is not going away if nothing is done about it. It is not going away if people continue to look the other way. 46 children are diagnosed every single day, and 7 more children die every single day. No one is invulnerable.