Yesterday was a tough day. A really tough day. Dave Jordan and - TopicsExpress


Yesterday was a tough day. A really tough day. Dave Jordan and I spent over 2 hours riding a roller coaster of emotions as we watched Lauren Hills game live. We were so happy that she made it on to the court for her big day. There is a moment that ESPN captured, as she shoots her first lay up, that is pure joy. In this shot, Lauren is not the face of DIPG or pediatric cancer, but simply an athlete playing the game she loves. But Lauren does have DIPG and in her, I saw Macky. I saw her in Laurens face, puffed from the steroid she is taking to reduce the pressure on her brain. I saw her in the halting movements that once came so easily. I saw Dave and I in her parents faces. The overwhelming pride in their daughter shadowed by the despair knowing that there is nothing they can do for Lauren as she faces what is to come. Jordan saw herself in Laurens brother and sister. The love of siblings, the fear of losing her. I relived the end of my daughters life. And I cried. I cried for McKenna, for Lauren, for all the children who have been lost to this disease. I cried because it is so cruel, and steals so much before finally taking a childs life. I cried because there was nothing I could do for my daughter, and there is nothing I can do for Lauren. Lauren and her story has done more for DIPG awareness than anyone or anything in the history of the disease. It was obvious by the way many of the reports bungled the words Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma that this had not been a disease on the general publics lips. But it is now. Please dont let Lauren and this story simply be a blip on the ever changing radar of stories spewed out by the media. Share her story with others. Donate $22 dollars in her honor - to McKenna Claire, to the Cure Starts Now, Unravel Pediatric Cancer, Ty Louis Campbell Foundationor any other DIPG or pediatric brain cancer specific organization. There was no cure for McKenna, there is no cure for Lauren. Dont let their lives and stories (and that of so many other beautiful children) be in vain. Help us find a cure. Lauren Hill - You and my daughter are my heroes. Congratulations #22 - you played a great game. espn.go/womens-college-basketball/story/_/id/11809823/lauren-hill-mount-st-josephs-brain-tumor-fulfills-hoops-dream
Posted on: Mon, 03 Nov 2014 15:19:29 +0000

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