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April 04, 2008

Make a Wish


Story here.

In just a few weeks it will have been two years since we lost our nephew to leukemia. It seems like it was just yesterday.

Shortly after my nephew passed away, a friend at work found out that his eldest daughter had the same disease. Fortunately, there are many kinds of leukemia. Hers is less virulent, and her prognosis is good.

One thing that struck me while watching him fight this awful disease is the incredible stoicism and courage children with cancer almost invariably display. We tend to treat children as though they were fragile beings, and so they are in some respects. But beneath the easy tears of childhood lies a hidden steel that bears silent witness to the resiliency of the human spirit.

When a child gets cancer, especially one close to you, it's hard not to question everything. How could this happen? How could God let a child suffer so much? As with so much that happens in life, there are no easy answers. We never see things clearly when we're in the midst of events. Mostly all we can do is put our heads down and muddle through.

All I know is that there are some very special soldiers at Fort Sam Houston. They have given a very brave little boy a day he will never forget. If you are so inclined, you can help make such days possible for other children. During his last few weeks, my nephew took great pleasure in recounting stories of the Make a Wish trip he took with his family.

I assure you, it will be money well spent.

Posted by Cassandra at April 4, 2008 06:27 AM

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One thing I miss: seeing the looks on the kids' faces when they got to tour our Flight Facility and sit in the pilot's seat of a helicopter.

One thing I don't miss: anticipating seeing small friends from the previous year -- and *not* seeing them...

Posted by: BillT at April 4, 2008 10:01 AM

Bless their hearts! Some of life's most important lessons I have learned from children. Peace to them and their families.

Posted by: vet66 at April 4, 2008 10:33 AM

The humidity is really high today. Can't seem to see. I hate when that happens.

Posted by: Cricket at April 4, 2008 12:27 PM

Bless them all.

Posted by: Foxfier at April 4, 2008 02:55 PM

I don't think you ever get used to that, Bill.

On the other hand, sometimes they do beat the odds :)

Posted by: Cass at April 5, 2008 10:16 AM

"When a child gets cancer, especially one close to you, it's hard not to question everything."

Heck, when my father, the Doctor, had my cousin tested for leukemia my uncle stopped talking to my Dad for months. My uncle is a tough guy (US Army, Korea) but just putting the name of a disease like that and your kids name together in one sentence is scary.
It takes special people to work the pediatrics ward.

Posted by: tyree at April 6, 2008 12:04 PM

I lost a cousin to leukemia when I was a child myself; Eddie was a great kid...even to the end.

They say the good die young. I often wonder why it has to be so...

Posted by: camojack at April 7, 2008 03:55 AM

I often wonder why it has to be so...

All of us were put here for a reason.

Some complete their jobs sooner than the rest of us...

Posted by: BillT at April 7, 2008 07:39 AM