A message from Barbara with the Amanda Riley Foundation
Upon realizing that today is the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s famous speech I started thinking about him and how he lived his life and his desire to make life better for African Americans. I could never compare myself to him other than to understand his burning desire to make a difference. I too feel that from the deepest part of my body. Most every waking moment I am thinking about what a glorious day it would be if there was no more cancer and what I can do to help make that a reality or what can I do in the meantime to make life a little better for these sweet, less fortunate children that are currently battling this horrible disease. That my friend is why I continue to work tirelessly to raise awareness about childhood cancer so that hopefully someday in my lifetime there will be a cure. I just wish Dr. King would have lived long enough to see the fruits of his labor.
If you have never watched your healthy 145lb teenager that was so very full of life and potential wither away over a years’ time and eventually becoming this lifeless less than 100lb being upon her passing you will not understand. If you have never walked the floors of the AFLAC Cancer Center and seen the look of distraught on the faces of parents, knowing they just got the news that we received on that faithful day in March of 2010, you will not understand. If you have never opened the door of a room at the AFLAC Cancer Center and seen a sweet child with her head buried into a bucket throwing up her guts, you will not understand. Or if you have never seen a child so weak that he cannot get out of bed to even go to the bathroom much less walk down the hall to get lunch, you will not understand. If you have never received the phone call or opened an email to see yet another child has succumbed to this deadly disease, you will not understand. I could go on and on sharing the visions that are permanently etched in my mind but you “understand” why I am so passionate about raising awareness about this horrible disease.
It has been 1237 days since my sweet Amanda passed away and 1640 since her cancer journey began. It is a harsh realization that as time passes by, the “newness” of our cancer journey and now passion to help others may wear off for some but that will not stop me from marching on, striving to continue to raise awareness about the disease that took my daughter from me. Why awareness you might ask, because AWARENESS = FUNDING = RESEARCH = A CURE!
I apologize for the harshness of this message but it is coming straight from the heart. Most days I send out notifications to inform every one of upcoming events we have planned to raise funds so that we can continue to support the kids that are battling. Today, it is all about awareness. Next month (September) is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and I ask that you please help us spread the word about this disease that kills more kids than all other diseases combined. How to help you might ask?
· Purchase a Gold Bow and place it on your mailbox throughout the month of September,
· buy a GOLD T-Shirt and wear it on September 12th which is Childhood Cancer Awareness Day or wear it any day during the month of September.
· Or just share our story and facts about Childhood Cancer with others.
I thank you all for taking time out of your busy day to read this message. If you would like to help and show your support, gold items such as bows, t-shirts and other items are available for purchase on our website at www.amandarileyfoundation.org. Or if you have ideas of how you can help our foundation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.