was a very alive, very bright, 3 1/2 years old when all of a sudden he
was robbed of a normal childhood.
with stage IV neuroblastoma that he twice defeated with greatest courage
any human being can display. The third time his cancer came back with a
vengeance. At the end his body gave in but his spirit won out. He
passed away three weeks shy of his eleventh birthday.
September - National Childhood
Cancer Awareness Month
Despite the fact that more children than ever are surviving
childhood cancers, yet, cancer is still a serious disease. You are
not alone in facing your fears; help is available. A treatment team
- doctors, radiation therapists, rehabilitation specialists,
dietitians, oncology nurses, and social workers, among others - can
help you and your child deal with the disease. They will also help
ensure that your child gets the best treatment available with as few
ill effects as possible. Resources such as this website provide
information and suggestions on how to make your child as comfortable
and as pain-free as possible, and advice on how to make time for
family and friends.
St. Jude Children's
National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, but for researchers at
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital it is a year round mission to
research new ways to help more children live long, active lives
while also working to better understand the challenges childhood
cancer survivors face.
"Our goal is to push the cure rate for all childhood cancers to 90
percent in the next decade. Rapid advances in science and
technology, especially at the genetic level, are going to make that
possible," said Dr. William E. Evans, St. Jude director and chief
executive officer. St. Jude is the nation's only cancer center
focused solely on childhood cancer. <more....>
Childhood Cancer Postage Stamp
Please help us honor our children
by participating in a writing campaign to attempt to get a stamp
approved for childhood cancer.
Currently, there are stamps for
breast and prostate cancer, diabetes, organ donation and hospice.
Each year, the citizen's stamp advisory committee reviews stamp
subjects that are submitted by the public. They have thousands that
are suggested. They will only consider "events and themes of
widespread national appeal and significance". It is quite possible
that they do not know the widespread national significance of
We are asking each of you - family
members of children with cancer, childhood cancer patients,
survivors, friends and care-givers to help us tell them that
childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children in our
country, and that the number of kids being diagnosed with cancer is
Let us tell them that treatment
can take up to two or three years.
Let us tell them that one in 900
young adults is a survivor of childhood cancer.
Let us tell them that childhood
cancer is significant!
For more information visit the
Committee to Establish a Childhood Cancer Awareness Stamp web site
Please send a letter in support
of a childhood cancer stamp to:
Citizens Stamp Advisory
Committee, c/o Stamp Development U.S. Postal Service
475 L'Enfant Plaza, SW,
Room 5670, Washington, D.C. 20260-2437
greatly inspired by the tremendous dedication of Dr. Abdur R. Zafr
(late), founder of Project CURE (Project C.U.R.E.) in Dayton, Ohio,
to the cause of humanity. His project has served the community since
its organization in 1970. I still cherish the memories of the times
spent and conversations shared with him. We greatly valued his advice
and prayers during our son's illness. This is with our most sincere
thanks for repeatedly urging us to start a "Project Cure" for childhood
cancers. My God Bless his soul.
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