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    HE gets it

    September is pediatric cancer awareness month. I’ve been living this past year very aware of pediatric cancer. But now that Unravel is live, I’m trying to help.

    One of the Unravel fundraising campaigns this month is Fluttering. I received my kit a week or so back, and we set it up in our front-yard (which was tricky by the way, because you can’t set it up on fake grass :-/) The kids were into it, so it got them excited about fluttering other houses this month.

    G and I fluttered our first home together. Honestly, I feel kinda nervous about it: what if the family REALLY doesn’t want it? Will they be pissed off? Should I have asked for permission? But I’ve decided to beg for forgiveness rather than permission in this case, and we’ll see how it goes. G meanwhile enjoyed being sneaky.

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    On the drive home G and I had a very unexpected conversation. It began with him asking if we just left Jennifer’s house?

    “No, buddy! That was R’s house!”

    We were here so that R’s mommy and daddy can learn more information about cancer.

    He asked “How do you get cancer?”

    I did the best I could explaining to him that cancer was not contagious, and it was about your body making broken cells. That some cancers get better. And some don’t.

    And then he said “So we need money to make medicine?”

    Yes, buddy, we do. We do because government isn’t giving enough, and pharmaceutical companies are focusing on making medicine for adults. So we need mommies and daddies to help get the money to science so they can find medicine.

    My throat chokes up having to tell him about it, because it hurts that I have to. And HE gets it! My perceptive 6 year old gets it. Damn you, Cancer! He shouldn’t have to!

    So…. if you’re one of those adults that wants to and can help, please support me in my fundraising efforts this month. I have a page here: http://fluttering.causevox.com/ava

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