Cancer is a scourge on whole communities and threatens the lives of people of all walks, shapes, colors and ages.
Cancer in all of its forms is sickening in more ways than one. It can be particularly heartrending when it strikes young children, who are vulnerable and innocent.
A local family whose 5-year-old was diagnosed with leukemia is fighting back. Sailor Parker started selling lemonade to raise money for cancer awareness as a part of Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a pediatric cancer charity.
Sailor is helping convince people to open their minds and wallets to help eradicate cancer in all its guises.
Between 2011 and 2015, according to statistics on the American Cancer Society’s website, about 14 people out of every 100,000 in the United States were diagnosed with cancer each year. The same website estimated that this year the country will see 61,780 new leukemia diagnoses.
Research is needed to put a halt to the new diagnoses or at least slow down the rate at which cancer ravages this nation.
One way is to help is to stand with families like Sailor’s and take part in raising funds and awareness. We all want to beat cancer. The fight starts today.
Anyone interested in participating, can seek out information or donate by visiting:
• Alex’s Lemonade Stand, alexslemonadestand.org
• Children’s Oncology Group, childrensoncologygroup.org
• Ronald McDonald House, rmhc.org