Friday, September 2, 2011

Men of Steel, Hearts of Gold

I frequent the site of a beautiful young cancer survivor who has been traveling to promote her book about her journey through leukemia,  Melinda Marchiano 
and came across a link that made me smile, cry and rejoice...all at the same time.  

During construction of the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Research Laboratories in 1996 adjacent to the YCCC site, construction workers performed a similar honor – painting hundreds of kids' names along with smiley faces and messages like "IRONWORKERS THINK YOU'RE GREAT."
The workers were so moved by the children who peeked out at them from the clinic windows that they "passed the hard hat" weekly to collect cash donations for the Jimmy Fund.

This is now being repeated and children are being immortalized on steel as a new construction goes up for the Dana Farber Institute.  Sammy's protocol is Dana Farber.

It is a beautiful thing when a suffering child can be made to smile again.  

September is CHILD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH -  what can you do to bring a smile to the face of a child with cancer?  Some of you may only need to walk up to him or her and tell them you love them.  They are your children and you need no month to remind you that they have cancer.  Some of you may know a child with cancer and will send them a card wishing them well, reminding them how much you think and care about them.  Others may not  know anyone personally but might make a small donation to a charity that helps children fight and survive.  
A very small percentage will do nothing.
Goof-ball AKA- Superman Sammy!

On Sammy's behalf, we thank you for all the cards, gifts, visits, letters, donations, love and support.  Without these he would not now be able to smile through the treatments, he would not have the fight in him that he does. Today Sammy fights for others and is an inspiration to those who meet him.  You have no idea how much your small token of love did to change the world!   

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