Monday, December 1, 2008


Each year during the December holiday season, a 23 foot tree is placed
in Washington DC. The tree is solely decorated with thousands of gold
ribbons (the symbol for childhood cancer), with each ribbon bearing the
name of a child who has, or has had cancer. The tree glitters strong in
our nation's capitol for all to see. Thousands
each year are touched as they are reminded of our nation's youngest
cancer patients.

I encourage families who have had or have a child diagnosed with cancer
to participate in this unique event and support childhood cancer
awareness by adding your child's name to the National Tree. Ribbons are
$5.00 each and can be purchased on-line by clicking on the following A tribute can
be added in honor or memory of your child.

I wanted to make you aware of this opportunity. I wish I lived near D.C. so we could attend the tree lighting. But at least Jacob will have a ribbon--I donated today in his name.

Candlelighters is an organization that supports the families touched by childhood cancer. One of their most noticeable efforts is to give free books to families. We were given a request form our first week in the hospital that, once filled out and sent in, brought us one of the best books on childhood solid tumors available. They also provide books on helpings siblings cope and dealing with grief and other issues.

As we face the holidays with our child in remission, I'm moved to think of all the groups who have helped us this year. Candlelighters, Make-a-Wish, Primary Children's, Huntsman's Cancer Institute, our neighbors and family members who cooked for us twice a week for ten months . . .

God Bless You Everyone.

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