I’m proud to join a group of bloggers today to mark Donna Day, a campaign to raise funds to fight pediatric cancer. Donna is the daughter of my friend Sheila (also known as Mary Tyler Mom). Donna died in 2009 after 31 months of treatment for an aggressive brain tumor. During her treatment, Sheila wrote updates for family and friends who waited each day for news. Those updates became Donna’s Story, which has been read by so many on Chicago Now and The Huffington Post. It’s impossible to read about Donna and not carry her in your heart–and carry the lesson: Always choose hope.
The purpose of the Donna Day campaign is to raise money for a head-shaving event on Saturday, March 30 in Chicago to support St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of pediatric cancer research in the country.
Why is research so important right now? Because more US children will die from cancer than any other disease. Because before the age of 20, 1 in 300 boys and 1 in 333 girls will be diagnosed with cancer. And because worldwide, a child is diagnosed every three minutes.
Donna’s Good Things, the non-profit Donna’s parents created in her honor, has formed a team of “Shavees”. This year, their goal is to raise at least $30,000 for St. Baldrick’s–and we can help!