September 1, 2015

Survivorship: 30 Days of ACTION

Today marks the first day of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month accompanied by the donning of gold in many parts of the United States and the world. September is a gold rush of sorts, yet each year I find myself questioning the value of awareness if it does not translate into ACTION.

Awareness is defined as “having knowledge or consciousness of something”. I think is is fair to say that there is not one individual who hasn’t been affected by cancer, childhood or otherwise, whether personally or in the life of their family or friends. I also believe that most, if not all, are aware that children get cancer too.

ACTION, however, involves DOING something about it, childhood cancer and survivorship, in this case. It’s about raising the cause, the needs, then setting a course to bring about change. Research dollars are the greatest need, but heart-soul encouragement and tangibles like play dates, help with the laundry, a meal, notes-handwritten have a role to play in the health and wellbeing of those living the reality.

MHYH’s focus will be on those needs specific to survivors of childhood cancer as our mission is to educate and equip, inform and inspire survivors to arm themselves with knowledge of their cancer history in order to be their strongest advocate as they transition into young adulthood.

Let’s begin with some Awareness Facts.

You can find more “Awareness Facts” related to diagnosis and cure available by clicking on the following sites:

Cure Childhood Cancer

National Cancer Institute

Survivorship Resources Available by clicking on the following sites:

Children’s Oncology Group

myHeart, yourHands

LiveStrong

Day 1 of 30 Days of ACTION:

Drop a note-handwritten to a family with a child actively receiving treatment, one who has survived their cancer, or to the family of a child/adolescent who has died from some form of childhood cancer in the mail today or tomorrow.

If you are considering sending a note to parents whose child died from cancer, remember that the very mention of their son or daughter’s name is a blessing in and of itself.

Please feel free to share with us what you are doing THIS month, every month on behalf of children with cancer; your ideas and pictures may ignite the imagination of others or better yet call them to ACTION.

For more of my heart-thoughts on notes-handwritten, I invite you to stop by my blog over at Connect4Cancer.

Simply

Stephanie

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