I'm not celebrating my birthday this year. Not in the traditional sense, anyway.
Last year on my birthday, my friend Sasha, someone I love very much, had to deal with the worst bullshit life can throw at you -- her son died because f--k cancer.
Honestly though, pediatric ependymomas are some of the hardest-to-fight and the Tanner Seebaum Foundation directly supports the Children's Hospital Colorado (with, of course, an emphasis on brain tumors and pediatric ependymomas in particular), which is where Sasha's son Gus was treated.
My friend Jesika lost her son as well, and he lived as long as he did because of the Children's Hospital Colorado. They do wonderful, life-saving, care-giving, and loving work.
It is appropriate that my birthday month, September, is also Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
If we can get to a grand for the Tanner Seebaum Foundation by September 29th, my birthday and Gus' day of death, that will be the best birthday present anyone could ever give me. There is no official end date to this fundraiser, but my goal is a grand by my birthday.
So, for Gus and for Zion, and all of those other children who have turned to stardust before they should have, don't throw me a birthday party, and don't buy me a present -- donate to the Tanner Seebaum Foundation instead.