13 August 2010
For more than a week now, some very dear friends have been forced to deal with the disturbing news of cancer. But in this case, the tragedy is compounded by the fact that cancer found its way to a three-month old child. Even though her life has only just begun, she is now fighting a tough battle – suffering from Neuroblastoma . Last week was the diagnosis followed by surgery; on Monday this sweet child will begin four months of chemotherapy.
Even though it is always a tragedy to hear of a new friend with cancer, we have become all too familiar with the many cancers that strike adults each year. Unfortunately, cancer not only strikes adults, it is the leading cause of disease-related deaths among children in the United States each year. Another disturbing fact – childhood cancer rates are increasing at a rate of approximately 1% each year; 223 incidents per million infants born.
I find myself so very angry that cancer can also invade the blessed babies, the innocent children who are too young to speak, understand, reason or fight for themselves. How can you explain the pain of cancer to an infant?
Please pray for this family and the heavy burden they now face, the frightening road they must travel. Would you also say a prayer to provide guidance to the genius cancer researchers who are working for a world free of cancer?
Posted by Stacy Sells at 6:38 AM