Today’s episode of Childhood Cancer Talk Radio is a special tribute to the superhero advocates in our community, those concerned citizens among us who never draw attention to themselves but serve to help children with cancer in a variety of capacities, but one aspect of their lives which we are recognizing today is that each is acting out of empathy and compassion without having had one of their own children affected by cancer. They have, as concerned citizens, become aware of childhood cancer somehow, in their own experience which we’ll discuss, and through their own empathy and concern could not look the other way from the urgent, unmet needs of these children in our society today. And whether it is sounding the alarm, and raising awareness, and organizing successful fundraising events, creating social platforms so that families can connect, or simply reaching out their hands in support to afflicted families, they continue in their work with unparalleled commitment despite the consistent heartbreak of witnessing so much tragedy.
And so, we have the unparalleled pleasure today to have the opportunity to meet the mild-mannered alter-egos behind this super-power of three concerned-citizen advocates for children with cancer:
We’ll hear from Ginger Diamond, a retired nurse from Douglas, GA; Paul Miller joins us from Littleton, CO, who has been in corporate America for many years, and Kristopher Murdock, a music teacher and substitute elementary school teacher, also with a ministry of drama and music, from Frederickstown, Missouri. All coming from different walks of life, one more thing these super-hero advocates have in common, is their participation in the work of DIPG Advocacy Group in support of Moonshot4Kids, otherwise known as, the DIPG awareness Resolution, which raises Congressional and public awareness of the urgent need for greater research funding for childhood cancer, using the powerful example of DIPG and pediatric brain cancer, the leading cause of cancer-related death in children in our country. Most advocates when they become aware of DIPG are horrified, not realizing that there really does exist a sort of “death row” for children with cancer from which only a rare few escape. Not enough attention has been shown this particular disease in part, because it exposes the ultimate failure of our medical research system in place to address the urgent, unmet needs of our children, but answers first and foremost to research investment culture. And there, the federal government is not picking up the slack for our kids. To support this, or For more information about this measure, which is designed to sound the alarm for more support for all legislation written to help our children with cancer, visit dipgadvocacy.org.