A few weeks ago, a fellow Daddy Blogger, Hank from Shotgun Daddy, whom I have known for several years now, approached me about a story he felt warranted attention. The story was of Jalen, a handsome, bright, athletic young teen who just happens to be battling cancer. As I read about Jalen’s journey, my heart got caught in my throat and tears welled in my eyes. I pictured this brave boy battling this awful disease and felt so helpless knowing how scary this must be for him. You see, Jalen has seen this before. His 4 year old sister, Breanna, died of a brain tumor when Jalen was nine. That’s right. Jalen’s parents are now facing another battle with cancer with another of their beautiful children. I cannot even imagine the emotions that those parents must be feeling. My heart aches for this family.
As you may know, this month is Cancer Awareness month. Most of us know someone who’s been afflicted with cancer. Some have survived. Others have not. Cancer sucks. But it seems most unfair when it’s children who are expected to battle this awful disease. They deserve more.
So, I am asking you to learn more about Jalen’s story at his family’s blog, Jalen’s Journey. Send him words of encouragement and let him know that we are all rooting for him. You can also send a donation to Jalen’s family via the blog but that’s not the reason I’m writing about this. I’m writing because 13 year old boys shouldn’t have to worry if they’ll live long enough to drive. And parents shouldn’t have to go through the terrible fear of losing a child – let alone two.
Cancer sucks. Let’s beat this thing. Let’s find a cure for Breanna and Jalen and everyone you and I have known who has been afflicted by this awful disease. Too many of our babies are dying.
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