Photography by Second Ave Photography
Camden's crusade. On September 29, 2015, 4 year old Camden was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Sometimes, there are no words. When you say "pediatric cancer" that should be enough. A child is going through something that no child should ever have to endure. However, there is a hidden rainbow I have discovered through my past profession as an ER pediatric registered nurse. The rainbow is: We have a choice. Through life and death(inevitably for all of us), we have a choice. We choose how we face our day and how we live our lives. None of us knows the length of our physical earthly existence, but the choice we have remains the same no matter the circumstances. Above all, we must choose to live.
Fighting cancer is expensive for the affected families. There is extra time off from work, medical expenses, and other expenses that I cannot even fathom. We have so much, can we not GIVE just a little? A little gesture, a little food, a little smile, and yes a little money all goes such a long way. Hope, love, and always back to HOPE. Where there are people that care, we have hope. Hope lives where there are people willing to fight on behalf of such brave children. Children like Camden. Camden, we fight with you.
Recently, Camden's mother Jocelyn chose to shave her head along with her son. The ultimate love is a mother. With two boys of my own, I understand the love and sacrifice. The "whatever it takes" attitude that a mother must have. Jocelyn has that and so much more. Camden's family are supporters of the Stillbrave Childhood Cancer Foundation. Camden's mom tells me that the National Cancer Institute only allocates 4% of their funding to pediatrics. That is truly a shocking number as well as the statistic shown below.
Photo from CureSearch for Children's Cancer Research + Education.
If you have a little to give, please visit Camden's Crusade to donate. Want to do even more? Camden has his very own "Crusading 4 Camden..." tee. You can buy this tee on behalf of all children who are fighting and have fought cancer. Hope is the only thing stronger than fear. Thank you for reading as well as your heart-felt donations for this local Northern Virginia family.