But what you you may not be totally aware of are the cold.hard.facts. The ones many of us cancer mommas know by heart. Like the fact that at least 45 children every DAY are diagnosed with cancer. Or that more children die of cancer than any other disease. You may not be aware that childhood cancer only gets an average 3.8% of the total funding allocated to cancer research. Or that over 90% of children who survive a cancer diagnosis end up developing a chronic long-term often debilitating issues, including vision and hearing loss, learning disabilities, early onset osteoporosis, vital organ damage, infertility…even secondary cancers.
When donations are made to the large cancer research organizations, the majority of money will go to the pharmaceutical companies who then typically give a large grant to a research group. Pharmaceuticals may have their place and we do know they are an instrumental part of helping our children beat cancer. BUT…let’s think about this. TRULY think about it. Do you think that pharmaceutical company is going to be very happy if the research group discovers a natural diet, supplement, or therapy to help fight or perhaps even cure cancer? They want to see a drug produced that will make them a very large profit. I can assure you, that as much as we may not want to believe it or would rather turn a blind eye to to what it implies…the truth is that cancer is a very, very lucrative industry.
There are a LOT of things we need in the world of childhood cancer. But in our humble opinion…one formed after being forced into a front row seat to this nightmare of a reality show… what we DON’T need is more toxic drugs.
So because of this…we humbly ask that you would join us in fundraising for The KICKcancER Movement. This movement has been created in honor of our cancer fighters, Kicker and his future wife, Dani 🙂 (Arranged marriages are totally legal and not creepy at all, right?).
The purpose of The KICKcancER Movement is to educate families about the alternative healing therapies available for their children and how they can help alongside the conventional treatment protocol. Things like dietary changes that will help strengthen, not weaken, their exhausted little bodies as they are broken down and eventually rebuild. Natural methods of mitigating side effects to help minimize the need for synthetic drugs…our kids are getting enough of those. Ways to help their strained bodies detoxify from the build-up of medications and dead tumor waste. Things like services from osteopaths and naturopaths, who take a much more hands-on approach and focus more on prevention rather than treating illnesses and symptoms after the fact.
KICKcancER is dedicated to helping families affected by childhood cancer THRIVE. Our goal is to empower through education —teaching the importance of real food, real health, and how to implement it into real life—both during and after treatment. We believe: When you know better, you do better.
100% of the money donated to our cause goes directly to furthering our movement. To providing education and support to families who are in the fight of their lives. No salaries and very, VERY little overhead, as those of us who run the Movement do so on a voluntary basis. We are cancer mommas…friends…people who have seen and felt the devastation of this diagnosis first hand. People who have found amazing tools that have helped the children we love and have a passion for sharing that with as many other families as we can.
Cuddle With Us
One of the most important things we’ve learned along the way…something we take for granted but that we can ALL do for our kids and our families is to focus on our emotional health. Whether you’re in the middle of a health crisis like childhood cancer or not. Life can get busy and stressful for us all. Stress can cause all sorts of negative effects in the body and further set our children back in their healing. We know. We’ve seen it and we’ve felt it.
So that’s why we ask you to take September to participate in our #stopdropcuddle challenge. Not only to increase the emotional health of your own family, but in honor of those who may not be able to cuddle their children right now. Maybe it’s because their in surgery. Or have tubes coming out of them. Perhaps they’re in isolation or on steroids and simply don’t want ANYONE touching them right now. Maybe they’re bent over the toilet throwing up. Maybe…they’re in heaven.
These are the kids…these are the families that we’re fighting for.
How to Officially #stopdropcuddle
Following your post, we would be humbled if you considered making a donation to your favorite childhood cancer organization. If you’re confused as to where you want your money to go, KICKcancER is always happy to be the recipient! http://www.kickcancermovement.com/donate/
We also appreciate and partner with other organizations that we know use their funding in a way we support. Here are some of our faves:
The intention of our challenge is to not just to bring awareness to pediatric cancer, but to create change in a healthy way. We want this to go viral! Make sure to use hashtag #stopdropcuddle and #KICKcanCER and share your photos and videos on the KICKcancER Facebook and Instagram pages.
Let’s show the world we’re not going down without a fight. That these kids deserve our attention…or love…our support…our time…our resources…EVERYTHING WE’VE GOT to help them KICKcancER.
JOIN US in making a difference…one cuddle “sesh” at a time!