Friday, June 26, 2009

It is hard to sing today

The little one that I told you about, the one who on Tuesday prompted so much rejoicing as an x-ray revealed the tumors had shrunk ... today, his parents will take him home to die.

The chemo was working well, but it was too late. The tumor in his lungs is strangling him. There's nothing they can do except try to keep him from pain.

The news is filled with Farrah and Michael and so sad about their deaths. Meanwhile, a young, funny boy named Pablo will die with much pain for those who love him, and little notice by the rest of the world.

Last year, the Caroline Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood Cancer Act was signed into law. "This act holds the promise of $30 million, each year for the next five years, in funding to support childhood cancer research."

But as I'm learning, passing something into law doesn't mean anything. There also has to be an agreement to fund the Act.

Please, please contact your congressperson today and ask that they add their name to the "Dear Colleague" letter that is being circulated by Senator Jack Reed (RI) and Senator Johnny Isakson (GA) to secure funding for the Act.

And if you pray ... say a little prayer for Pablo. That his passing is peaceful and without pain. For him.

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