Last April, Kylie Myers was supposed to sing with her sister Meredith at a school talent show, but her battle with Ewing’s Sarcoma prevented her from doing so. On April 18, 2014, Make-a-Wish invited her to sing at their Gala. Here’s a special message from Kylie’s parent:
"Here is the video of Kylie & Meredith singing. It was a magical night for Kylie. This is the sound check as it was much clearer video. For those that don’t know, she has a tumor in her right lung that causes shortness of breath and a persistent cough. But she didn’t falter or cough on-stage at all!"
I think finding that hat was honestly the best part about the city.
So proud of my mother for doing her own research after I sent her that meme. A sign she hung in her car window.
Is this true?
Not only is it true, it gets worse. The Susan G Komen For The Cure Foundation has actually successfully sued “competing” charities, because (paraphrasing) their “message or branding was infringing.”
You read that correctly: they took money that people had donated to cure cancer, and hired attorneys with it, to sue ANOTHER group of people trying to find a cure for cancer, who, in turn, had to us their donated money to hire their own legal counsel to defend themselves.
Yeah signal boost because not enough people know about this and seriously FUCK SUSAN G. KOMEN THEY ARE THE ACTUAL WORST
(reblogged in honor of my mother, who died of breast cancer, 11/13/97)
One week until the Pumpkin Festival to benefit Camp Sunshine! I’m so excited, it’s going to be a fantastic day with the best people!
"well statistics show that childhood cancer is indeed rare and that…"
IT DOESN’T FUCKING MATTER. RARE OR NOT, CHILDREN ARE DYING AND THAT IS NOT OKAY.
just fyi, this is exactly the point i was trying to make the other day - you don’t have to claim that childhood cancer is “not rare” for it to matter. It is statistically rare, but it is also the most deadly fucking childhood disease.
Do you seriously have to be so rude and swear at me for reblogging a post? I agreed with you that it is statistically rare and my point was that statistically rare is all the American population views childhood cancer as. You know what is even more statistically rare and receives four times the amount of US government funding than childhood cancer? Pediatric AIDS. And that gets the amount of funding it does because the American public stood up and demanded it. Please understand that I am by no means saying that pediatric AIDS doesn’t deserve this amount of funding, it absolutely does. Kids deserve funding for their illnesses and treatments, kids deserve proper cures and a chance at life. This being said, I still stand by the statement that America needs to wake up because childhood cancer isn’t as rare as they seem to believe it is.
My best friend recently decided to tell me that vaccines aren’t real and if she could have things her way she would go unvaccinated, and currently does by refusing to vaccinate against the flu. I shrugged it off and told her that’s her opinion and she can make that choice, but I am thankful she at least didn’t expose Mikey to illnesses by not being vaccinated and she should be cautious when she goes out because there are people living with compromised immunity everywhere. To that she responded that the last time she saw my brother she wasn’t vaccinated, but she didn’t have the flu then. Her girlfriend, who she was staying with, did though and she admitted to experiencing symptoms as soon as the day after.
The last time she saw Mikey was three months before he passed away. He was neutropenic and we made it extremely clear to everyone who came to visit that they simply could not if they or if the people around them regularly had been sick. She knew this, she knew how serious Mikey’s health was, and she came anyway and did not tell us that she or her girlfriend had been exposed or sick. She came into our home, hugged my brother, and kissed him on the cheek.
Two days after she came Mikey began experiencing flu symptoms and we never related it back to her visit. That put him in the hospital. It put him in the hospital and lead to him developing pneumonia, which he never recovered from before he died. This one careless action may have lead to my brother losing precious time outside of the hospital. It made him feel miserable and struggle to do things he wanted to do. This is by no means what lead to his death, but it took too much of his last “healthy” days away from him.
I expressed my distress over this to my friend and her response was, “You’re seriously bent over this right now? It’s been almost two years.” At this point I told her she was being a dick and she hasn’t spoken to me since. It’s been two days and I’m still “bent” about it (wtf does that even mean??).
The point of this post is for you to go out and get your vaccines. All of them, even the optional ones. This includes your flu shot. PLEASE GET YOUR FLU SHOT.
There are thousands of kids across the country fighting cancer and because of their treatment they cannot receive vaccines and the ones they got prior to treatment are destroyed by it. But it’s not only kids with cancer who are put at risk when you don’t get your vaccines. Adults fighting cancer are at just as high a risk, so are transplant patients, anyone on any form of immunosuppressants, and pregnant women. People can have low immunity for so many reasons, I don’t know them all and I haven’t even covered the tip of the iceberg. These people trust you to vaccine yourself and your children to help them stay healthy.
Please get your vaccines, I thank you from the bottom of my heart and so does every single person facing life with a compromised immune system.