Have you heard about 46 Mommas Shave For The Brave? We are a group of 46 mothers, from across the nation, who have all heard the words, “Your child has cancer.”. Why 46? On average, every weekday, 46 families hear those words. We 46 Mommas represent the complete randomness and diversity of childhood cancer. We have partnered with St Baldrick’s Foundation, who funds childhood cancer research. In 2010, they funded $14 Million in childhood cancer research. This is done, primarily, through head shaving events.
Our event, where we will shave our heads in Washington, DC on September 21, 2011, requires all of the Mommas to travel to Washington, DC. Many of us are in the general area and plan to drive down, but many will need to fly to the event.
One of the harshest realities of pediatric cancer is the financial impact on families. Medical care, travel/food/lodging/parking during lengthy hospital stays and multiple clinic visits, expenses to care for children left at home who need daycare/babysitting, and the list goes on-including the loss of one income in many dual income households.
So today we are asking if you can help us to find generous people who can donate any unused airline miles that have accumulated and/or to sponsor an individual Momma by providing her with an airline ticket.
Many of us have dedicated a large portion of our time and energy to raising funds to support St.Baldrick’s research efforts. To change the face of pediatric cancer we hope to raise 1 million dollars! With roughly 13,000 cases of childhood cancer diagnosed every year in the US, we cannot compete in the world of obtaining adequate research funds. Childhood cancer is severely underfunded by the US government. The pharmaceutical industry does not invest in childhood cancer research. There has been only one new drug created specifically for childhood cancer in last 25 years.
We rely on donations from people like you to support research and create change. Our call to action is clear: we cannot wait for the government and industry to pay attention to childhood cancer. These kids need us and we need your support to make a difference.
“Curing childhood cancer is the equivalent of curing breast cancer in terms of productive life years saved.” ~ Dr. Eugenie Kleinerman – Head, Division of Pediatrics,
Children’s Cancer Hospital at MD Anderson Cancer Center Source: People Against ChildhoodCancer (PAC2)
So now we need your help.
Can YOU provide wings to a Momma and fly her to DC?
Momcologist & Team Leader, 46 Mommas 2011 Campaign
Mommy to Curtis, AnnMarie & Gregory
Our family’s Odyssey with Gregory’s diagnosis of Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML):www.mindithemagnificent.com
“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” ~ The Prophet. Kahlil Gibran*Won’t you help me fund a cure? Do it now. Make a donation to fund Childhood Cancer Research.
Childhood Cancers are the #1 disease killer of children under the age of 15 — more than asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, and pediatric AIDS combined.
“Curing childhood cancer is the equivalent of curing breast cancer in terms of productive life years saved.” ~ Dr. Eugenie Kleinerman – Head, Division of Pediatrics, Children’s Cancer Hospital at MD Anderson Cancer Center