This is truly my first blog post ever. Your time is important to you and I respect that. This first blog post will be short and sweet. You all NEED to help make a difference in the lives of those with cancer. More kids struggle with cancer than the average citizen can even imagine. Let me break it down for you:
¬ More than 13,500 children are diagnosed with cancer in the US.
¬ 35,000 children are currently in treatment for cancer.
¬ Sadly, 25% of all kids who are diagnosed with cancer die.
¬ The average death for a child with cancer is 8.
¬ The death of a child is one of the most traumatic events a family will face.
Are these facts not horrific enough that we should all lend a helping hand to those fighting for their lives? Is it not our duty to be caring and compassionate to the children within the health care system? Is it really that hard to sit down for 10 minutes and think of a way to help these children feel loved as they continue to sit alone within the hospital walls?
They need our help. At Holding HOPE, we strive to create a sense of normality in the lives of kids with cancer. We make every effort to put a smile on the faces of the children battling cancer down at Mayo Clinic, while also bringing them a sense of support from the outside world. We believe that HOPE can do great things for those in need. Help give HOPE!