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Instead of writing about Dorian, I wanted to do something else. I wanted a 5-year-old living with cancer to tell his story. I wanted his mom to hear it first hand and I wanted her to truly see the beauty in his own words.
I've always been a champion of kids pursuing their dreams. But sometimes in life, extraordinary circumstances may force us to temporarily put our dreams on hold. The most important thing is to never lose sight of that dream, no matter what punches life may throw in our way.
Camp Sunshine opened new vistas for Katherine. Having been very introverted from years of being bald and laughed at by other children, she now found herself in an environment where everyone was in the same boat. She and 36 other special children blossomed like they had never had before.
You all remember that little government shutdown a handful of weeks back don't you? Doctors in lab coats stood behind members of Congress as we all worried about children currently battling cancer and those newly diagnosed.
I took a deep breath and pondered a moment. I also wanted to answer with enthusiasm and from a place of peace, but honestly, I struggle with letting go of the emotional baggage that we have accumulated along John's journey with childhood cancer. So I responded with a heavy heart, "I'm trying."
recently asked my mother what it felt like to hear those words from the doctors. She told me she has never felt so helpless. She said she could not believe her child was going to die, not because a treatment did not exist, but because she did not have the money to pay for it.
"Awareness" is a loaded word. It subtly suggests to us that we might need open our eyes a little wider, primarily when it comes to issues that may have slipped beneath our radar. And I'm always grateful when these efforts are connected with important medical issues, especially this month, which is devoted to Pediatric Cancer Awareness.
There wasn't much of that interview he remembered, but the one question that stuck out in his mind was what type of doctor he wanted to be when he grew up. "I want to be a pediatric neurosurgeon," he answered. Four days later, the first headache came.
So many of these "hopeless" cases have returned home with buoyant grins and newly sprouting hair. Others have slipped beyond their parents' grasp, where a mother's final hope is that researchers can learn from her child's disease and save others in the future.
It's easy to feel guilty when you're creaming a kid with cancer in UNO or Fussball, but the Lebanese and Syrian kids with whom I play each week in Beirut love a tough match.
American presidents have many jobs. They govern. They lead. They inspire. And if we're lucky, they continue to set an example even after they've left the White House. Jimmy Carter's steadfast humanitarianism has been on exhibit for more than three decades; and the Clinton Foundation has become a global force of good.