Welcome to My Superheroes Unite! Page
In the early fall of 2011, almost exactly seven years ago, we sent out an email asking friends and family to help us in supporting childhood cancer research in honor of two superhero kids we were fortunate enough to have in our lives. One was our friends' son whose eyes you could never forget and that showed a soul aged well beyond his 11 years. He had lost his two-year fight against a brain tumor a couple of years before. The other was a college friend's son who I had recently learned was fighting his own battle with cancer. I am happy to report that we celebrated the end of his five years in remission last spring, so he is officially cured. He is the “Z” in our Team Z.
When I heard about Z, something compelled me to be a part of his fight in some way—moved me from that place of inaction to one of action. I had not spoken to Sarah in over 10 years but reached out, and our family (then just 3) joined Team Z that year. I acted thinking I understood the bounds of my action. And, as with many things in my life, I didn’t.
As most of you know, fewer than five years after we sent that original email out, the fight against childhood cancer became more than a cause that reached me in that place you can only feel and cannot describe. It became our every breath.
Although Max has years to go before he can be considered cured, we are thankful to be in a place to say that he is about 100 days away from being two years cancer-free!
Here are a few sobering truths:
· Two minutes from now, a child will be diagnosed with cancer, and another family will be faced with the very real possibility of losing their child.
· A recent study shows that because of the treatments they had as kids, by the time they’re 45, more than 95% of survivors will have a chronic health problem and 80% will have severe or life-threatening conditions.
· In the last 20 years, only 4 cancer treatments have been specifically developed and approved for children.Please join us in making a commitment to fight childhood cancer.
We would love to have you walk with us on October 14 as part of Team Z/Mighty Max. If you are unable to join us (or even if you are), please consider a donation towards saving childhood dreams.
The Superheroes Unite! event honors and celebrates children whose lives have been affected by children's cancer.
Thank you for joining us!
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