Ah yes, why don’t we help fund cancer research? Well, we do and we don’t. Practically, that’s not our role in the childhood cancer community. There are many organizations (FANTASTIC ONES) that focus on curing cancer and taking care of bills. AND WE SUPPORT THEM both practically and financially. Our role, however, is to come alongside the child. We KNOW the child’s perspective because Manny was in the same bed they were in. In fact, let’s let him speak:
“Should people fund St. Baldricks, and St. Judes? YES! I’m very proud to make contributions to those organizations personally. But my experience as a childhood cancer patient had little to do with insurance bills or whether or not cancer as a whole was being funded for research. I was in a bed, nausious, exhausted, halfway numb, and bald. I couldn’t go to school and be with my friends, and I couldn’t leave my house for fear of infection. I had a Gameboy Color, and it helped me get through some of the worst days of my life."
Let that sink in for a second...
A simple Gameboy. Now fastforward 13 years. Gameboys are fossils now (yikes!). An iPad can revolutionize the treatment experience. They can play games (heck, they even have a Tetris app!), watch movies, use Netflix, play games, and even do their homework. With an iPad, we’re tapping into an experience that most of these kids are MISSING out on as they’re receiving treatment. Can you imagine the change we can make in the treatment experience if nurses don’t have to worry about smiles or frowns and can focus on treatment? This is what we’re about. A positive mental and emotional outlook pays dividends for treatment. There’s something to be said about being able to put a smile on the face of a child who’s, for lack of a better term, being ROBBED of their childhood. That’s what we’re about."
If that’s not enough for you to get on board, how about the simple fact that the Little Hero would LOVE one, and your simple purchase is a piece of their puzzle!