I AM PISSED.
I barely slept last night. Tossed and turned. All. Night. Long. Why?
I know that most of my fundraising posts are light-hearted and include silly memes or funny pictures. ButI have always been angry. Always hated cancer. But today, I am in no mood for funny or silly. I can’t be Mr. Nice-Guy. I’m just so mad.
Today is the funeral for a 10yo boy. TEN YEARS OLD. He was diagnosed with DIPG (brain stem tumor) in June. Less than 9 months ago. And another 3.5 yo is scheduled to return to Boston (Children’s/DFCI) in a few weeks for a 2nd surgery due to regrowth of a brain tumor. And a friend has been sitting with her mom during chemo treatments that are wreaking havoc on her body. And a friend’s sister diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 40. And 2 family members of friends who have recently stopped chemo/radiation because their bodies just can’t handle it. There is nothing else for them to do but wait.
It’s too much. It’s every. single. day. Another diagnosis. Another request for prayers. Another surgery. Another clinical trial. Another funeral. So yeah. I’m angry. I’m pissed. I’m feeling helpless. And scared.
So I got up this morning, got the kids off to school and hit the treadmill. The whole time I was thinking ‘what can I do? how can we make this better?’. I thought on it for about 5 miles and decided I am going back to my all-time favorite request.
Volunteer. Donate. Help. Bring a meal to a family who is dealing with cancer treatments. Make a donation to help fight this horrible disease. Volunteer for Rally. Or Cure. Or Komen. Run a 5K this weekend to benefit a child fighting cancer. Make a phone call to say ‘I’m thinking of you’. Send an email to say ‘I’m here for you. I believe in you. How can I help?’.
I don’t care what you do. And honestly, this is not a post to drum up donations for my fundraising. I am passionate about raising money for Dana Farber. Running Boston and raising money for DFMC is MY ‘DO SOMETHING’. My ‘DO SOMETHING’ has raised $70K for cancer research in 5 years. I want you to care enough about something to be angry too. I want you to DO SOMETHING. Find your passion, your cause, your fight. And hold your nose and jump right in! If we each ‘DO SOMETHING’, think about all of the changes that can be made!
I am going to post a few links below. Just some fundraising pages and ideas for people to get involved in different things. These are all cancer-related. That’s where I am going with this today. But I know that there are so many other causes and issues in the world today. I am choosing to focus on just this one (for now).
So, please. I BEG OF YOU. DO SOMETHING. Anything. It doesn’t have to be much. But it needs to be something. Together, we can make a difference. And I will try to get back to the funny memes and pictures soon.