I am writing to bring something very important but often overlooked to the public’s attention.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. As a parent who has lost their only child to cancer, it is disheartening to notice that there is almost nothing done in this province to promote the awareness for childhood cancer. Even the Janeway, a hospital dedicated to children and with an active oncology program, does not participate or advertise for the cause.
Seven children will succumb to the disease today, and 46 more will begin their fight. These numbers may seem small to some, but that’s 53 families’ lives that will be forever changed.
There is nothing on this Earth worse than seeing your child take their last breath. Nothing will ever fill the void that is left behind when you lose a child, yet so little is done to provide funding or awareness on the topic of cancer in children.
I will admit that, as parents, we had no idea how many children were actually affected by various types of cancer until we were dealt that blow ourselves. I understand that, to many, this is an uncomfortable topic. Most people don’t want to think about a child being ill to the point of dying. Trust me, we didn’t either but we didn’t have a choice.
It is terribly disappointing to know that everyone can see a pink ribbon or the colourful puzzle piece ribbon and know what it’s for,
but the gold ribbon for childhood cancer would be unrecognizable to most. I’m certainly not saying
the breast cancer or autism are not equally important, but I just
wish that the causes were, in fact, equal.
I know we are not alone in having lost a child to cancer, I just wish enough of us could stand together and make the general public take notice.