September should be about back to school night and soccer start-up, the frenzy of normal parenting. But too many families are waging a bigger battle, so in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness month, we’re thrilled to support CURE Childhood Cancer. Hoping to raise awareness through blogging, and cash through a raffle (where a $10 ticket gives you a chance to win $250 Layla Grayce gift certificate), the organization is dedicated to finding a cure to childhood cancer in our lifetime. It’s an issue that hits close to home, as our efforts are inspired by the two women on our team who are survivors.
Shannon was just 9 when diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. The effects of 3 years of chemotherapy are still with her. As she looks back, Shannon remembers a close hospital friend who didn’t make it. But she holds to the memory of her sister who “had my back” on the playground, defending her as kids made fun of her bald head when the wind blew her wig off.
Shannon at 10 years old with her family
Shellie was 13 when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She missed 2 years of school and describes feeling awkward and not fitting in. But Shellie remembers her friend shaving his head in solidarity and her Make A Wish dream coming true, planning and designing her first girly bedroom (no surprise she’s found a professional home at Layla Grayce!).
Shellie and friend at Camp Hobé