Celeste DiDona wrote -
I am embarking on my first 1/2 marathon in an effort to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer and the TLC foundation. I am hoping that I can raise money during Sept, Childhood Cancer Awareness month. I am passionate about this cause because a little boy they called Super Ty.
Two years ago I had seen a status update on Facebook from a “friend” sharing a women’s blog about her experience, struggles and heartache of having her 2 year old son, Ty, diagnosed with AT/RT, a rare and aggressive form of cancer. I remember thinking to myself – how awful, how sad. I clicked and read her post that day. I read and cried and conveniently pushed it to the back of my mind thankful that my life was different. A few weeks later, maybe a month, another post on Facebook appeared sharing information about Ty’s fight. I again clicked, read, cried and went about my busy day. It wasn’t until a few weeks later that I decided to get the blog emailed to me in a RSS feed. That means that every time this mother posted I would get it sent to my email. I started to read daily! The blog is well written and honest. Cindy Campbell pulled me onto her life; A life filled with anger, pain, struggle but mostly hope. Never in a million years would I have thought that this family and this mother and this boy would affect me. Never would I have thought that reading her words would change me. I am now forever changed, for the better. I owe that to Ty’s mother.
Ty passed away last October just after his 5th birthday. He was an inspiring kid. When cancer stole everything he enjoyed he found other passions to occupy his time and keep him happy. He always had a smile on his face even on his last days. When he could no longer walk, he used to scoot around on his butt. When he could no longer tolerate the foods he enjoyed, he turned to candy and blue lollipops. When he no longer had the strength to play with his toys, he would spend hours looking at toy catalogs. Cancer robbed him of his childhood. Cancer stole him from his family. Is it sad – absolutely. It is heartbreaking in fact. People often say why read that stuff, it is too depressing. And they are right – it is depressing. Cancer is depressing! My outlook now is that you can either ignore it and conveniently push it away and be thankful it is not you (like I used to do) or you can do something about it. The Campbell’s didn’t have a choice. Cancer does not discriminate. They were forced to live a life riddled with cancer and its toxic affects. Ty was forced to have a compromised childhood that ended in 5 short years.
Cindy Campbell is now on a mission – a mission to advocate for childhood cancer awareness. A mission to raise money for better treatments. I join her in that mission. I want to fight for the next Ty Louis Campbell. I want help turn September GOLD (The color for childhood cancer). Passionate people have changed October (breast cancer awareness month) to PINK. Why can’t we do the same thing for September. Will you join me in this fight by sponsoring me in this run? I am running for Ty and for all the cancer warriors that are battling cancer everyday.
Please check out Cindy's blog at Superty.org - home of The Superty blog.
The Ty Louis Campbell Foundation is a nonprofit organization, certified 501(c)(3), that funds innovative research and clinical trials specifically geared toward the treatment of the deadliest childhood cancers (including brain and spinal cord tumors). This organization seeks less toxic, more effective treatments that are specifically designed for children fighting cancer. The ultimate mission is to help fund the intelligence and technology that will uncover new ways to cure children with cancer.