The power of friendship

Many people have different sources of motivation in their lives. What drives them and what fuels their resilience. For these people, their motivation came from things that lay before them in life. Future jobs, career opportunities, starting a family, etc., but for me, my motivation comes from things in my past as well as the people who won’t get to experience their futures with me. Connor was the most inspirational person I’ve ever known and will ever know. His courage and resilience wasn’t just strong for someone struggling with childhood cancer, but strong for someone in general. His positivity and strength influenced his inner circle of friends and family, the ones who he ran into throughout his day, and even astronauts residing in the International Space Station. Unfortunately I as well as Connor’s other close friends have had to grow up and live out memorable life moments without our beloved friend. For me, my motivation comes from the idea that Connor lived every second of his life to the fullest. He can no longer do that unfortunately, but I can. Watching Connor’s resilience in the face of suffering and even death pushes me to be the best man I can be, or at least half the man Connor was, because I know that he’d fully enjoy every experience we take for granted every day. I know one day I’ll see him again, but to not live life to the fullest everyday and show my resilience through the hard days would do a disservice to a man who was resilient through it all, even in the end, my best friend.

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Building awareness of childhood cancer is critical to funding and finding a cure. To help, please consider sharing on your Facebook.

Today, 46 children will be diagnosed with cancer.  Seven will lose their battle.

Did you know September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!

Every day in America, approximately 46 children are diagnosed with cancer.

Childhood cancer does not discriminate, sparing no ethnic group, socio-economic class, or geographic region.

Rhabdomyosarcoma is the most common soft tissue sarcoma in children, accounting for about 3% of childhood cancers.

On average, 1 in every 4 elementary schools has a child with cancer.

About one-third of childhood cancers are leukemias.

Childhood cancer survival rates in the United States have increased from less than 20% in the 1960s to almost 80% today.

Cancer kills more children each year than Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes, and Pediatric AIDS combined.

Childhood cancer is not one disease entity, but rather a spectrum of different malignancies. Cancers found in children are biologically different from those seen in adults.

1 in 300 children will develop cancer before age 20.

Neuroblastoma is the most common extra cranial solid tumor cancer in children.

Today, up to 75% of the children with cancer can be cured, yet, some forms of childhood cancers have proven so resistant to treatment that, in spite of research, a cure is illusive.

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