When I was growing up, I never heard of a child diagnosed with cancer. There is not a day that goes by now that I don’t hear of someone newly diagnosed with cancer, whether it be a child, adolescent, or adult. What should be uncommon has become a common occurrence in the world we are living in. What happened? I believe our society has become lulled to sleep and deafened to the pleas for help from families with loved ones suffering from cancer. Cancer is the number one disease-related death in children, of all diseases combined. What will it take for people to wake from the spirit of slumber they are living in and realize it is time for cancer to be uncommon? It is time for a cure for cancer. Many people have informed me they don’t want to think about their child or loved one having cancer. With 43 children diagnosed with cancer every day in America, that is double the size of a classroom; I hope you never have to hear the words your child/grandchild has cancer. Last year, there were nearly 16,000 new cases of childhood cancer. I often think about the statistics and realize that 1 out of 8 children diagnosed with cancer will not survive. That is something I think about when Book for Hope accepts a new family with a child in a battle with cancer. As Book for Hope’s charitable childhood cancer organization is growing, so is the increase of childhood cancer. When will we wake out of our sleep? I speak to the spirit of slumber and say, “Awake!” It is past time for a cure for all cancer. If there was ever something to unite for and fight, it is cancer. #Unite #FightCancer Everyone can do something. Prayer is a powerful weapon! Please join Book for Hope in the fight against cancer. I am awake. Are you?
Mrs. Gaylon Hayden, President
Book for Hope, Inc.