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Reading for a Cure – Third Quarter Update


I have been terribly remiss in posting regular updates on this project, in large part because I am traveling my own personal journey through cancer with my sister, Paula, who was recently diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer. The other day I was ruminating on the irony that when I decided to dedicate a year to raising money and awareness for childhood cancer, I had no idea that cancer would be impacting my own family in 2010. This twist of fate has made me even more passionate in bringing awareness about pediatric cancer to all of you.

September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness month…and I urge you to learn more about the devastating impact of cancer on children and the incredible need for research and funding to find a cure for this disease. I am pleased to be giving away five, signed copies of Grace: A Child’s Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery, by Melinda Marchiano – check out this post to learn more about how you can enter to win a copy of Melinda’s touching memoir.

So, how are we doing with Reading for a Cure?

  • Number of Participants (including one time donors and sponsors): 20
  • Money Raised so far for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation: $602.70
  • Number of books donated to support the project: 18

I know of at least one participant who donated to an organization other than The Pediatric Cancer Foundation, but I don’t have the amount donated to add to the total above. IF you have made a donation (in relation to THIS project) to ANY organization which supports finding a cure for pediatric cancer, I would love it if you would email me privately with the amount you donated so that I can add it to our totals.

One of the things I cannot measure is how much awareness is being raised about this very important subject…but I want to take a minute to thank each and every person who has posted about this project or about the subject of pediatric cancer on their blog – raising awareness is extremely important in finding a cure for this disease.


2 Comments

  1. September 27, 2010    

    I can’t imagine children having to combat cancer. It is every parent’s nightmare. I’ve known enough loved ones (adults) that have had to suffer with this disease. Thank you for increasing awareness of this for all of us.

  2. October 1, 2010    

    Kathleen: You’re welcome – I agree with you…a devastating diagnosis for anyone, but especially painful to watch children battling it.

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