Melina Riniola battled an aggressive form of brain cancer for six years (beginning at age eight) before finally succumbing to the disease early this morning.
Five year old Mattie Powell was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2007. It metastasized to her bone in November of 2009 and stole her life on June 2nd.
Sadly, their stories are all too common.
- Pediatric cancer is one of the most underfunded in terms of research.
- In the United States, approximately 10,500 children under age 15 and 3,700 adolescents ages 15-19 are newly diagnosed with cancer each year. That is roughly the equivalent of two average size classrooms (35-46 kids) diagnosed each school day.
Only research can help find a cure for this dreadful disease. Please consider helping children like Melina and Mattie by joining Reading for a Cure. It is not too late to join. Simply visit the sign up page and follow the instructions – you can join for just one month if you wish; the challenge is flexible and you can chose whatever level of participation you want to. In fact, you can just make a one time donation to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation (or another organization like it). If you do this, please use the dedicated donation button (on PCF’s Donation page) for Reading for a Cure and let me know so I can add you to the list of donors helping with this cause.
Individuals who join Reading for a Cure either as a participant, sponsoring a participant or simply making a donation to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation will be eligible to win free books periodically throughout the year on my blog.
You CAN make a difference in the lives of children.