Greetings, everyone, and welcome back to my corner of the web. I hope and pray this message finds you all well and in good health. September is just around the corner, and as you can see by the title of this update, I’m announcing a special project for September which, if you didn’t know, is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. My family and closest friends will understand why this project means something to me, though I also want to share that with you as well.
I lost my baby brother in January of 1997 to Neuroblastoma, an incurable childhood cancer of the adrenal gland. Most children with this disease will succumb to it before they reach the age of ten. My baby brother, Kristopher, was only two years old, just two months shy of his third birthday, when he lost his war on this awful disease. I’m also sad to say I lost an early childhood friend to the same disease. She was just a little older than Kristopher, although her name was Rachael. Kristopher lost a friend to a different kind of cancer which took out his lungs. This little boy’s name was Tyler.
None of them got a chance to live and enjoy a normal childhood, and none of them got the chance to grow up. Instead, they suffered day in and day out with their diseases. Children are supposed to be the future, yet so many of them are suffering and dying from these childhood cancers. The grief of losing a child like this affected my mother in ways I saw but couldn’t even begin to tell you, and the grief of losing my little baby brother like this is still as strong today as it was back in 1997. This brings me to why I’m sharing all this, why I want to be an advocate for Childhood Cancer Awareness.
So, for the month of September, I will be sharing statistical facts about seven of the most common childhood cancers, including Neuroblastoma. I’ll be sharing four posts on each of the diseases, and one post will be shared every day. They’ll be shared on Instagram and on my Official Facebook Author Page. At the end of the month, I’ll be adding a special page that will be a dedicated collection of facts and resources on each of the cancers discussed on social media, and more. In addition to this, I will be sharing a special surprise to an upcoming novel I’m writing, Rachael’s Voice, which will be a novel dedicated to my late, special friend.
This is all I have for now, but thank you for taking the time to read my message. If you’re new to my site, and you’re interested in following me for the month of September on this Childhood Cancer Awareness Project, then feel free to follow me on Instagram, or hit the ‘Like’ button on my official Facebook author page, so that you can stay up to date on all my latest news. Stay tuned, folks, and I’ll see you in September.
All My Love,