Last night as I watched television with my kids, a St. Jude commercial aired.  Snapshots of various children battling life threatening diseases scrolled, while a person urged viewers to make a financial contribution.  My eldest, a cancer survivor, asked the question,

“Dad, did you ever think we’d have such a personal connection to this commercial.”

I responded, “No.”

He said,

“It seems like that was so long ago.  I don’t remember parts of it.  It’s hazy.  Almost as if it was a dream.”

You know what?  He’s right.  Even though he finished up treatment a short two years ago, it does seem like a dream…A fuzzy memory that I occasionally ask myself,

“Did we really go through that?”

Because of my son’s journey, my family participates in the local St. Jude Walk.  Each year we see kids in varying stages of treatment, some beginning the perilous trek, others near completion.  It’s also common to see youngsters sporting dew rags to cover heads stripped of hair because of chemotherapy or radiation; others wearing medical masks to ward off germs.  These kids remind me of Noah’s own difficult path.  And these kids battling cancer and other life threatening diseases prompts me to thank God each day for my son’s outcome.

I’m not a doctor or nurse, but there is something I can do to minister to the needs of kids with cancer.  First, I can pray for them.  Every family stricken with this disease knows the heartache and pain of watching a child wage the fight of their young lives.  Of course the kids with cancer need prayer, but so do his closest caregivers.  Second, I can raise funds for pediatric oncology research.  On September 26th, I’ll be walking a 5K in honor of kids fighting cancer.  Would you consider being a financial sponsor?  We readily spend money for fast food, vending machines, and large flavored coffees, thinking nothing of it.  How about foregoing caffeine or a Big Mac for a week and donating money for an incredible cause?  Let’s help St. Jude researchers discover the cure for pediatric cancer once and for all.  Let’s help more children conquer an illness so they too can say,

“It seems like nothing more than a dream.”

Here’s the link to my page.  Click on donate now.  Noah’s Hope

 

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