Twelve children died tragically today. Their ages ranged from 1 to 17-years-old. Remarkably, each child was in a different part of the world when the tragedy occurred. The children were each held hostage by a horrendous and vindictive beast before facing their death. Some were held captive and tortured for a few years. And, some were tormented for as little as a few months. However, the ending result was the same. The young and innocent victims and their families were completely caught off guard when the beast made it’s surprise, deceptive and malicious attack. A distraught and heartbroken mother of a 17-year-old daughter, which was one of the 12 children that died, was asked by a reporter to tell other’s about her child; “My daughter was beautiful inside and out. She was approaching her senior year in high school and could not wait to turn 18. She was looking forward to the future and becoming whatever she wanted to be. And, I know she could have done anything she wanted to do with her life and excelled at it. I am devastated beyond belief and I don’t understand why this happened to my daughter and the other children. I would do anything to have her back.” The reporter asked the mother how the perpetrator should be punished for killing her daughter and the 11 other children. “It is impossible to capture and lock this beast up in jail and throw away the key. Capital punishment is not even an option. My solution would be to get to the bottom of what has caused this devastation and destruction to our children and stop it before it ever happens again.” At this time, the suspect is still on the run and has gone into hiding. Witnesses describe the suspect as deceptive, atrocious, and remorseless. The beast goes by the name of, “Cancer.”
What if we opened the newspaper today and the headlines read, “Breaking News: 12 Children Tragically Die Today.” I believe that most people would be in shock. All of the news stations would be reporting the tragedy over and over again. Co-workers, classmates, and acquaintances would be discussing this horrific story and wondering why it happened. Mother’s would panic and hold their children tightly due to fear of the same thing happening to their sons or daughters. Unfortunately, this tragedy occurs every day somewhere in the world. You probably will not hear about it unless you personally know the child and their family. Or, you might hear about it from a friend of a friend. But, this type of horrifying announcement is never in a headline for any type of newspaper or news media unless it was to happen by a serial killer, a mass shooting or a catastrophic accident. The unfortunate truth is that 12 children die every day from cancer……Yes. I did say, “12 children die every day from cancer.” And, yet, we are so fixated on and fascinated with celebrity worship, sports and politics. It is simply too painful to comprehend the thought of a child dying from cancer. It is so heart wrenching that no one wants to think to themselves, “What if my child was diagnosed with cancer and did not survive?” So, it is easier to pretend that it is not really happening. I know I have been guilty of changing the channel every time I would see a commercial for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. I could not bare to look at a child that was so sick, frail, and had no hair. These commercials just hurt too much to watch. I have no idea if there will ever be a cure for cancer. However, is it possible to stop what is causing it? Is it in the chicken nuggets from McDonald’s? Is it from the tap water out of our kitchen sink? Is it in the vaccinations given to our kids beginning just moments after they are born? I don’t know how cancer begins its’ destruction; I can only research, guess and speculate. It is time for someone to stand up for our children! How much LOUDER do we need to get? How many more walk-a-thon’s do we need to complete? How many more children have to die before this is stopped? I realize that it is impossible to put our kids in a plastic bubble to protect them from anything potentially harmful or fatal. I, also, understand that my children could eat all organic foods, avoid all chemical exposure and take daily vitamins and still not be shielded from cancer. So, how do we stop this beast? I don’t have any answers. All I know to do is to pray, tell other’s how childhood cancer is the leading cause of death for kids in ages 1 – 14, pray some more, express my thoughts and concerns and not be afraid of a negative reaction from someone, continue to pray and never stop telling Kayla’s story……..Oprah? Dr. Phil? Is anyone famous out there reading this? When are they going to schedule a show to discuss childhood cancer awareness instead of relationship problems, drug and alcohol addictions or giving away brand new cars? Recently, singer Taylor Swift listened; she took time out of her crazy schedule and wrote a song about a little boy, Ronan, that lost his battle to cancer. Thank you, Taylor, for going over and above your sincere acknowledgement and support for Ronan and childhood cancer awareness………….Please pray for the next 12 children that will not survive cancer tomorrow.