Every day, 720 kids are diagnosed with childhood cancer. Does that freak you the heck out? It certainly does me.
A few years ago, a little girl in my daughter’s preschool class was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor and went from being a happy-go-lucky five-year-old to undergoing dreadful cancer treatments practically overnight. She lost her battle to cancer only a few months after her diagnosis. It was a heart-wrenching time for our community, and hardly a day goes by that I don’t think about her and her family.
Fortunately some childhood cancer stories don’t end so tragically, although of course every incidence of childhood cancer is one too many. In our Philly Social Media Moms group, two of our children are cancer survivors, so this month we are joining the fight against childhood cancer by participating in the Million Mile Run with Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Many PSMM members have joined the Delaware Valley Bloggers team in honor of Lily & Maggie. We have committed to running 1,000 miles and raising $10,000 as a team during the month of September.
My personal goal is to run 100 miles. I will be tracking my miles with MapMyRun and recording them on our Delaware Valley Bloggers page. The fun starts on Sunday, September 1st. I even put off my long run for this week until then so I can get my contribution started with 12 miles right off the bat!
I would LOVE it if you’d consider making a donation on my behalf. Or better yet? Join our team! Or create your own Million Mile Run team!
There are a variety of ways to support this worthy cause.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope.
Research for childhood cancer is consistently underfunded, but with your support, we can make a difference!