Donna Day

My friend shaved her head last year.

Before her gorgeous, dark locks were sheared, I asked her why she was willing to part with her lovely tresses. She simply replied, 'For Donna'.

Then she did the kindest, cruelest thing, she shared Donna's story with me. Just as I will  now share it with you.




Meet Donna.

You will no doubt notice how her sweet smile draws you in. You will be enraptured with the sparkle in her eyes and the mischievous glint in her smile. You cannot help it.

Today is her day.

Today is the day Donna helps raise awareness for pediatric cancer. At only 20 months old, in 2007 Donna was diagnosed with brain cancer. After surgeries, chemo, hope curbed with fear, hospital visits, and so much more than any child should ever have to go through-at age four-Donna lost her battle with cancer.

Just take that in.

At four years old she said goodbye to the world.

No kindergarten graduation, no science projects, no middle school anxiety, no high school prom, no fretting over colleges.

Her family, like thousands other families have to do yearly, said goodbye too soon.

All cancers suck there is no debate in that.

But pediatric cancer? It slowly puts a dreary forecast on your future by taking away from the present.

Instead of children learning how to ride a bike they are learning what a port is. Instead of children learning and exploring their city and neighborhood they are memorizing the halls of the hospital and the names of their favorite nurses. Instead of children fighting with their friends or siblings over toys they are struggling to stay alive.

And that is just not acceptable.

Worldwide, 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. And in the U.S., more children die of childhood cancer than any other disease—more than AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies and diabetes combined. -St. Baldricks website 

The goal of today, Donna Day, is to raise money for St. Baldricks. St. Baldricks is an organization that is devoted only to pediatric cancer research. The charity started by Donnas mother, Donnas Good Deeds , https://www.facebook.com/donnasgoodthings will be hosting a head shaving event on March 28th, 2015 where all funds raised will go to St. Baldricks.

So, how can you help in this fight against pediatric cancer?

By knowing Donna's story:  http://www.chicagonow.com/mary-tyler-mom/donnas-cancer-story-2/

By sharing Donna's story.

Caring enough to donate or asking your friends and family to donate.

By knowing every single dollar counts in this fight.

To learn more about St. Baldrick's and their valiant fight against pediatric cancer please go here: http://www.stbaldricks.org/why-we-exist

If you would like to make a donation-seriously even a dollar counts-please visit this safe and secure site: https://www.stbaldricks.org/donate and understand you are not only investing in research but hope so that other children who may face this battle have a better chance at survival, and hopefully one day help create a world of where pediatric cancer was a thing of the past.

Remember Donna. Share her story. Share this blog. Give if you can. Don't sweat the little things. And please, please hug your loved ones tight and cherish every moment you have with them .

And always choose hope ❤

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    1. And I love and appreciate you for raising awareness, raising money and remembering Donna by bringing love and awareness into the world ❤

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