HOPE FOR ERIN: PEDIATRIC CANCER AWARENESS
Monday, June 5, 2017 at 09:14AM
Girl Reinvented

Social media has changed the way we give and raise awareness. It brings together desperate, passionate, like-minded people to rally behind causes and enact change. From wherever we are, with just a few clicks, we can sign a petition or send money halfway across the world. Heart wrenching stories fill our news feed, from human created catastrophes, natural disasters, sex trafficking, human rights atrocities, childhood cancer, abused dogs – the list is endless. We can't support every type of cancer research. We can't save every dog. We can't feed every child. We respond to the causes that strike a nerve, and tug at our hearts. We must speak up when it matters.

This matters. "Hope for Erin" is personal. Erin is my sister-in-law and the most courageous person I know. The hope and perseverance she maintains is super human. 

Erin has been battling brain cancer (optic nerve meningioma) since she was 8 years old. She lost vision in her left eye and spent the next two decades in and out of hospitals. Earlier this year, she was plagued with yet another more aggressive tumor. This time, the cancer is unresponsive to chemo and she is now completely blind. Erin is learning how to live as a blind person while simultaneously undergoing high-dose stereotactic radiation and immunotherapy to HOPEfully stop the growth of her tumor. F*cking brutal. Her story is one of perseverence, HOPE and strength. 

I can't take Erin's pain away, but hopefully I can give her a reason to smile. Erin is so grateful to everyone that's taken time to read her story and support her journey. You are not alone Erin. Your story of strength is a vehicle for awareness.

FACTS:

Childhood cancer is the number one cause of death by disease. In fact, it is responsible for more deaths than all other diseases combined.

Childhood cancer research is vastly under funded, receiving only 4% of U.S federal funding.

Thank you Erin, for shedding light on these fact. 


As you can imagine, Erin and her husband Pete are financially broken. In hopes of relieving some of their financial burden, I created and launched the Hope for Erin CharityRagg Dish Towel (As for Me, I will Always Have Hope Psalm: 71:14) January 2017. While the financial toll is exasperating, I could care less what they do with the money. As far as I'm concerned, if she decided to say "screw you' to her bills and buy a kickass dress instead, so she could see her beautiful reflection in the mirror one last time – that's WAY better.

I just added the Hope for Erin Yellow Ribbon (pediatric cancer) CharityRagg to her collection. Erin has dedicated her life to helping children as a dedicated teacher, a self-less volunteer, and a passionate legislative lobbyist for pediatric cancer research. 

We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone. 

Let Erin's story be a reminder to us all to hug our loved ones a little tighter, be kinder to each other and never take a second for granted. Breathe with your eyes – for Erin. 


EACH CHARITYRAGG IS $15 AND COMES WITH MATCHING GIFT BAG. $5 FROM THE SALE OF EACH CHARITYRAGG BENEFITS HOPE FOR ERIN. YOU CAN ORDER CHARITYRAGGS HERE 

 

 

 

 

 

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