And thanks to the Ryan Salmons Foundation, these kids are getting all new TV's in their rooms. While at the ceremony I spoke to a young man who was 15. he say in his wheel chair, bald head and bright smile. A lot of memories came pouring back. I told him Tyler was also 15 when diagnosed, and is now doing great and was recently accepted to OSU. I then made him promise to harass nurse Jodi at every possible opportunity.
I really would have loved to talk to him more, got to meet his family. But it was hard to watch him sitting there. The memories came back so strong. And as I walked away I thought about the parents that had different outcomes than we did. It is incredible courage they show when they walk back into the hospitals. Bob Piniewski flying to Texas to see Tyler and I while at MD Anderson. Brad Salmons presenting the TV's yesterday, on the one year anniversary of Ryan's relapse. Sandy Barker, Andrea Woods, Sheryl Paulie, and so many others who continue to battle in spite of the memories. Always refusing to lose. Always fighting to win.
There is a cure for childhood cancer. If it were easy to find, it would have already been found. This one is hard, and hard challenges take a lot of effort. Impossible ones take a little bit more. This one has been left to us. This is our opportunity, our time. These kids deserve nothing less than everything we have to give.
So visit a child. Or support a family. Or shave your head or run a race. Whatever works for you. Just fight the fight. We can win. We can save our children.
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