Memories

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I just finished reading this book on being positive, and it said that you should make sure you take time to “make” memories. Capture them. Record them for you and others to look back on.

I do that in my head, but I’m not so good about doing it in the real world. Facebook helps. At least now, my parents can’t say they don’t know what the kids look like! But it’s not enough to post some pictures this week. There’s a lot going on in my head, and I wanted to share some of it with you.

First of all, I just passed the 10th anniversary of a dear cousin’s death. Treavor was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in Alabama. A pretty rare thing, but I’m learning that stuff is only “rare” if it doesn’t happen to you. Once it happens to you, its 100% in your world.

Anyway, that anniversary left me feeling blessed and melancholy all at once. It was followed closely by the anniversary of 9/11. Again, I felt blessed, but this time there was an underlying anger. Random stuff happens. Sometimes its bad stuff. But the interviews I saw with the FAA left me pretty furious all over again.

I can’t change those things. They’ve already happened. What I can try to change, though, is the number of people dying from cancer. ¬†Ambitious, I know. Especially since I am not a researcher. But I think a big part of this is looking at things differently and not giving up. There are researchers making real progress with cancer vaccines. The New York Times posted an article today about a vaccine that has saved the lives of patients who were basically given up for dead.

The vaccine that David is getting is being worked on by the researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh part of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, which notably, is the place where Dr. Jonas Salk and his colleagues discovered the polio vaccine. When they discovered this vaccine, polio was crippling somewhere around 21,000 people a year. It was a miracle. I believe that we are poised to see the same kind of discovery for cancer.

The time is NOW. I just heard about another teenager in our community that lost the battle this past weekend. These kids deserve a chance to grow up. Please find a way to help. If you can make a donation, great. If you can volunteer, awesome. Even if all you can do is make a post on Facebook in recognition of Children’s Cancer Awareness month (September), please do that. We can beat this thing if we all work together.

My parting thought for tonight is “Don’t get mad, get even.” Cancer makes me mad, but I plan on getting even.