Life is getting back to normal, as Tyler is now over two months into remission. Cancer is moving into the past, as a "Been there, done that, kicked it's butt!" experience.
But we will never forget the lessons that we learned. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Last year I did not know it had a month. Nor had I heard of Burkitt's Lymphoma. Here are some other things I was not "aware" of...
- Number of children who will get cancer: 1 in every 300.
- Number who will not survive: 1 in 5.
- Number of children diagnosed with cancer each school day: 46.
- Number of children who die of cancer every school day: 7.
- Number of children currently fighting cancer: 35,000
- Number of new drugs developed for childhood cancer in the past 25 years: One.
- Percentage of cancer research money spent on childhood cancers: 3%.
- The only age group with declining survival rates: 15-22 year olds.
- Age group (other than 70+) with the highest cancer fatality rate: Teenagers.
- Age group with the most advanced cancer at time of diagnosis: Teenagers.
- Age group with the highest number of life long chemo side effects: 15-22 year olds.
- The most under-represented age group in clinical trials: 15-19 year olds.
Did you know? I did not. I guess we do need an awareness month.
As many of you know, I joined Team in Training to run the Columbus Marathon as a fund raiser for Leukemia and Lymphoma research. Several weeks ago, thanks to your generosity, I exceeded the fund raising goal. Thank you very much. The Leukemia - Lymphoma Society is still happy to accept more contributions. You can donate and see my running log at http://pages.teamintraining.org/coh/columbus08/kalfriend.
But, if you are interested in something specifically benefiting to childhood cancer, here are some suggestions.While on J-5 we became very close to Brett Workman and his mom Sheryl. In March Brett lost his battle with Burkitt's Lymphoma. A fund has been set up to help the family with the costs.
Sheryl Pauley for Brett Workman accountant BB&T 6th Ave. St. Albans, WV 25177
And three pediatric cancer organizations that have really impressed us...
Kids N Kamp at http://www.kidsnkamp.org/
Make a Wish at http://www.makeawishohio.org/giving.html
Cure Search at http://www.curesearch.org/
I ran my 1st 1/2 marathon on Sunday. Finished about 10 minutes behind my goal, but I did finish. Two months until the Columbus marathon.
After the race a friend told me that 13.1 miles is not the true half way point. Physically and mentally, the half way point of a marathon is mile 20. Then another friend told me the race distance is from a Greek soldier who ran from Athens to Marathon, and dropped dead at the 26.2 mile spot.
Great. I think it's really time to get some new friends.
277 training miles down. 201 miles until the starting line.