Thanks + Giving
Tomorrow, our first son, our sixth child, Nick, turns 18. He is a senior in high school, and he has been busy applying for college next year. On March 9, 2011, Nick was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, brain cancer. He was eight years old and in second grade. He was not alone. That day, 42 other children were also diagnosed with childhood cancer in the United States.
Childhood cancer is really hard to go through for the whole family. It's hard for parents to work because they need to be there for the sick child. Childcare for other children at home becomes an issue because the parents are at the hospital or attending clinic appointments or therapies. Everyone is scared, money gets tight, and the future is filled with anxiety.
Mini and Me donates 10% of our profits to organizations that help childhood cancer patients and their families. Every purchase you make makes a difference. Some non-profits we have donated to help provide toys in clinic for "poke presents" after painful procedures and blood draws. Some non-profits give money directly to the patient families to help cover medical, travel, and childcare expenses.
Then, there's St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. No family EVER receives a bill for their child's treatment there. The research they do there meant that Nick had an 85+% chance of long term survival vs. the 10% I would have had if I had gotten the same diagnosis when I was 8 years old. They have a special place in our family story, and we give what we can whenever we can as a family and with our business profits.
This week we celebrate Nick being here. Surviving long enough to cross the threshold into adulthood. We ache for the families still in the battle and those who have lost their children to childhood cancer. And we support the annual St. Jude's Thanks and Giving fundraiser. We invite you to do the same.
In the words of Marlo Thomas, this Thanksgiving and beyond, "give thanks for the healthy kids in your life and give to those who are not."