Reddit is amazing. It can be an absolute time suck, but sometimes you click on a link and you are impacted in such a powerful way. This link did just that. We all know how evil cancer is. The more stories that I hear about people affected by cancer, the more angry I get that we haven't found a cure. My son wants to be a scientist when he grows up, and I hope that we don't have to wait that long. So when this nameless woman posted this caption: "Got the call today! Cancer free!" I stopped what I was doing to celebrate with her. This, my friends, is the power of social media.
One of my favorite comments is this one: "Hugs from Munich/Germany." The Internet has the ability to really isolate people, but on the flip side, it can certainly bring people together from all across the world. To celebrate this woman's big victory, I have researched different ways to get involved on a local and international level with eradicating cancer worldwide. I mean business!
Have you heard of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation? This is an awesome organization because it draws in your children in such a simple yet powerful way... by selling lemonade. When my son came home and told me that his friend at school is a hero because he survived cancer as an infant, we all wanted to honor this friend in a fitting way. We are planning on hosting our own lemonade stand in Enzo's honor.
In the latest edition of GQ, Adam Levine of Maroon 5 fame was honored for more than his music. Adam has participated in Teen Impact, which is a group run completely free of charge out of Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Teen Impact provides teenagers impacted by cancer with a chance to participate in fun activities in a safe place.
Stand Up 2 Cancer is busy being awesome. Sometimes the best way to raise money for cancer is via humor. I urge you to watch the video on this site, and then to see how you can get involved.
The Pablove Foundation is an organization I urge you to get involved with. Their motto is "fighting childhood cancer with love." There are many ways to get involved in their mission, and on many levels. They have a photography project which pairs up local photographers with cancer patients. Giving children a creative outlet and a sense of control in an otherwise powerless environment is so meaningful.
Songs for Kids Foundation brings musicians to kids at children's hospitals and special needs camps. This run the gambit from concerts in hospital auditoriums to private concerts bedside. Music is a healing tool unlike any other, and all of the musicians involved give from the heart.
Whichever organization you choose to get involved with, I urge you to include your children in the process. Whether they have been directly affected by cancer or not, children will be strengthened by this participation. Just ask my son.