Taylor Hammond, my best friend and my little brother, you are gone but will never be forgotten. The way you lived your life was truly inspiring. Even on your roughest days you had a smile on your face. You had such a positive outlook on the world. I hope to live my life the way you did, never taking for granted everyday I am given.
I remember the conversations we had and the laughs we shared, I will cherish those moments forever. You had such a big heart and a larger than life personality. It hurts that your gone, but I know that you aren’t suffering anymore. I now have another angel to watch over me. I cry because I loved you.
I am tired of losing my friends to this monster called childhood cancer. An like all the others, I don’t want Taylor to JUST be apart of the “this many kids lost their battle this year” statistic. I want this to be fixed, we need to a cure. We haven’t been fighting all these years for nothing. His life and legacy means something. ALL of these kids lives mean something. We will keep fighting for a cure in their honor. And keep fighting for those who are currently in battle.
Today at school, I got a game called Bulldawgopoly (like monopoly). Teachers were given them to give to one special student. When I went into my Photography class I noticed my teacher hadn’t given hers away yet. Another student and I admired it at the beginning of the class. Later in the period, I talked to the teacher about it and told her I really liked it. She is like “I am going to give it to you just don’t show it to the kids in the class, get it before you leave.”
As I left class early I grabbed it. I went to my next class but the door was locked so I sat on the floor admiring the game. I noticed a story on the back and read it. It talked about a girl who found out she had an inoperable brain tumor called ganglioglioma on May 19, 2011 at 15 years old. The parents searched for a cure and found The Burzynski clinic. It was starting trials that had a 70% success in stopping the growth ot reducing all types of cancers. After only having less than a 1% chance of living 5 years, her parents pursued the clinic. The cost was an issue though, insurance only covers a small portion of the $8000 a month cost. That is when the ideal for Bulldawgopoly came in. 100% of the sales of this game go directly towards Kassidy’s cancer treatments. How amazing that they are doing this for her.
The website on the box is www.lateforthesky.com
Please check it out.
The Month of September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Unfortunately, I know to much about this. I feel like no child should have to go through this.
Here are some statistics you may not havd known.
•Everyday 46 children will be diagnosed with cancer.
•A child is diagnosed every 2 minutes worldwide.
• Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the U.S.
• Childhood Cancer is vastly and constantly underfunded. Childhood Cancer on gets 4% of funding.
• One in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they are 20 years old.
To be honest, that is very saddening.
Childhood Cancer effects not only the person who has it, but the entire family. I know this first hand, as of June 10, 2016 I am one year Cancer free. For 3 years I endured cancer treatment and the side effects that come with it. Till this day, I still have many side effects. I will fight for all my fellow warriors! Cancer is something no child should ever have to endure. We should not have to have our childhood taken away to deal with something so horrible. We take medicine to heal us everyday that makes us not feel so well, but we dont complain because we want to get better. All the kids I see at the clinic have a glowing smile on there face even though they are fighting this monster. I have lost to many friends and fighters to this deadly disease. It is time to stand up and take a stand. We need to fight for the children that are our future.
I have been trying to find the words to express how I am feeling with the loss of an amazing warrior. In March, we lost another strong cancer fighter, Cooper. Cancer is a monster and it doesn’t ask your permission to take over your life.
I truly miss Cooper dearly. He fought so hard and always kept faith and smiled throughout it all. He had such a huge smile on his face throughout all of his journey, no matter the circumstance. Cancer is the worst thing I have ever went through and wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. Seeing all these warriors fighting is amazing. They are so strong and Cooper was just as strong. He was kind – hearted, caring, strong, an amazing son, wonderful brother, friendly, and a huge inspiration! Him not being here is so hard, especially for his family and all who were close to him. I didn’t know him personally, but we did talk many times and he was so sweet.
I am heartbroken that he is gone, I can’t even imagine what his family is going through. I know he would want everyone who came in contact with him to remember the good times they had, the smiles he brought, and how hard he fought. I know he is looking down on his family and friends smiling down on them. I know he is touched by the wonderful things that were said at the candlelight vigil. Although, he is gone he will never be forgotten. He will forever be embedded into our hearts.
I want to say a prayer for the family. Dear Lord, I ask that you comfort Cooper’s family right now, blanket them in your love. Let them know that you are there for them. Help them to remember that he is no longer suffering and he is looking down on them happy about the way they are honoring and remembering him. Bring peace into their hearts Lord. Let them have peace in knowing that he is with you and not hurting. Send them and Cooper all our love. Jesus in your mighty name, AMEN!!
If you guys feel like God is putting on your heart to help this family here is there Go Fund Me: https://www.gofundme.com/teamcoop
So, this week has been rough. Monday would have been my uncles 30th birthday, but he is no longer here with us. Along with that, a sweet cancer fighter lost her battle. Then, after that I got more terrible news my friend who also is Battling Cancer isn’t doing to well, his name is Cooper. Please pray for him and all the other children in the world who are fighting this horrible disease called CANCER! I’m asking everyone will you please help my friend Cooper & his family. They have been in the Hospital for over 100 days, If you can donate at least $1, Cooper’s family and I would appreciate it just click on the link: https://www.gofundme.com/teamcoop
I have been hurting a lot this week. Although, I have been hurting God has been by my families side and all the other families side as well. He is helping us through these heart breaking days. God had a special plan for these wonderful peoples lives and now he doesn’t want them to suffer any more. I trust in God’s plan, but sometimes you can’t help but wonder why…. God’s plan and mission is always bigger than ours and only he knows what it en-tells. I thank God for these lovely people in our lives and the lives they have touched.
Lord, I pray for all the families that are grieving at this time lord. Comfort them and blanket them in peace and your love. Lay your hand on their heart and help them get through this. Help them understand that they won’t be suffering anymore. Let your light shine in their lives. All things happen for a reason, let this reason be known to the families. Let the families know their angels are watching them, are proud of them and love them so very much. I pray this in your name, AMEN!!!
This past week I went to Disneyland.
A friend of mine, Gabriele, asked me to stop by a flower bed where she spread her daughters ashes. She lost her daughter, Leah, to brain cancer. Leah loved going to Disneyland, the Little Mermaid, Ariel and her mom. Leah was her moms little mermaid, her sunshine. Her smile could light up a room. Although I didn’t know her personally she will always hold a special place in my heart and her beautiful mother will too. Gabriele is so strong. An so was her beautiful baby girl. While I was at Disneyland I could feel Leah’s beautiful spirit. I miss her dearly and so does her mother, very much.
Whenever you see a rainbow just remember it is a hello from the beautiful warrior princess Leah. Smiling down from heaven.